Joy at Portland Nursing Home as all residents are vaccinated

We are overjoyed to share that Portland Nursing Home has become one of the the first in the Buxton region to have vaccinated all its staff and residents against Covid-19.

Portland Nursing Home was visited by two general practitioners on January 16, who vaccinated our 16 residents and 35 staff with the AstraZeneca vaccine, a crucial milestone in the fight against the virus, nine months after our home went into lockdown on 23 March 2020.

Mary Gregory, who is 89 and a resident of the home, was one of the first to receive the jab, she said: “I feel so much better now that I’ve received the vaccine.”

Kaye Fogarty, home manager at Portland, said: “The coronavirus pandemic has brought incredibly challenging times for all of our staff and residents, but being provided with this protection and a glimmer of hope is a landmark moment for us all.

“It’s a huge relief for our staff, who have given so much during this pandemic, prioritising the health and care our residents.

“We are not out of the woods yet, everyone must still remain vigilant and I would urge people to follow the guidance in full, stay at home unless essential and help stop the spread of the virus.”

We are continuing to follow strict safety procedures, with all visits being cancelled while the country is in its third national lockdown.

Our staff have worked hard to ensure that residents have had regular contact with their families by phone or video call, but close up, face to face conversations have not been possible.

Portland is also pleased to be welcoming new residents. We have specific procedures in place to continue to support families who are looking for care for a loved one, while minimising the risk for residents and staff.

For more information on Portland Nursing Home, or to take a look around the home, please call our friendly team on 01298 23040 or visit  https://www.portlandnursinghome.co.uk

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