Elderly residents have lost their lives after being struck down with coronavirus at one of Stoke-on-Trent biggest care homes.
StokeonTrentLive understands at least two residents have passed away at Stadium Court, in Cobridge, after contracting Covid-19.
It follows a coronavirus outbreak at the 110-bed facility.
Now HC-One – which operates the home – has issued a statement following the tragedies. It will not confirm how many cases and deaths there have been at the home. External visits are only being allowed in ’emergency circumstances’.
Stadium Court is rated as ‘requires improvement’ by the Care Quality Commission following its latest inspection in October, 2019.
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A HC-One spokesman said: “Our thoughts and sympathies are with all families who have lost a loved-one from coronavirus and we are doing our utmost to support them during this difficult time.
“Caring for our residents and supporting our colleagues is at the heart of what we do, and we are doing everything we can to make sure our residents and colleagues stay safe and well throughout these challenging times.
“We have a comprehensive coronavirus contingency plan in place, which was created by our clinical director and reflects the latest Government guidance.
“We are working closely with our local health and care partners, and we have all the medical equipment, public protection equipment, and supplies we need to protect residents and colleagues.
“Our wellbeing team is working hard to keep residents active and engaged throughout this period, and to support their connection with their loved-ones through video and telephone calls.
“We are proud of our colleagues and how they have risen to the challenge of the coronavirus outbreak by showing huge dedication and commitment to our residents.
“We are providing round-the-clock support for all our teams, and we are also grateful to relatives for their ongoing support and understanding.”
A number of North Staffordshire care homes have reported having coronavirus cases. The worst-hit is Bradwell Hall Nursing Home, in Bradwell, which has had eight Covid-19 deaths.