As you will be aware, we are facing an unprecedented outbreak of the new coronavirus Covid-19.
The age of our residents puts them in the highest risk category for suffering the effects of the infection and consequently we are taking measures to protect them.
In line with current advice from the World Health organisation, Public Health England and the UK Government, Abbeyfield has formulated a policy on preventative and control measures, limiting the risk of infection for our residents in our houses.
For current NHS advice please see this link https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
And for current advice relating specifically to Abbeyfield Dulwich please contact us as the information changes regularly. Residents and their sponsors should particularly be aware of this.
All visitors to the house are required to leave their coats and shoes in the hallway, use hand sanitiser and exercise extreme hygiene precautions.
If you have recently visited one of the high affected areas around the globe, we ask that you do not visit our house for at least two weeks following your return, even if you are feeling well.
Furthermore, should you experience any symptoms associated with Covid-19 at any time, whether you have been abroad or not, please do not visit our houses until you have been given the all clear from a medical health professional.
Symptoms of Coronavirus include:
· A cough
· A fever or high temperature
- A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
If you develop any of these symptoms, however mild, you are advised to stay indoors and isolate yourself avoiding close contact with other people. If your symptoms worsen you should call NHS 111, for further advice. You should not visit your doctor or hospital.
We are currently suspending all events to limit the possibility of infection spreading.
We would like to assure you that, at this time Abbeyfield Dulwich has not had any cases of the new virus and that the above are precautionary measures only. We will contact all residents' sponsors should the need arise.
Should a resident present in the premises with diagnosed coronavirus (COVID-19) or suspected coronavirus (COVID-19) they should be isolated to their room or apartment as quickly as possible and should call NHS 111 asap for advice
Residents that suspect they may be at risk of coronavirus should alert a member of staff immediately who will immediately cascade this information upwards to the Committee along with any advice given by NHS 111.
They should not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital without instruction from NHS 111.
In the event of a confirmed or suspected case of coronavirus by a resident in our sheltered house, the Chairman or Company Secretary will write to all regular external visitors to the houses to advise that all visits are prohibited for at least two weeks after any infection risk has passed. This does not apply to care workers, although they will be informed of the instance of infection in the house.