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Regular PPE checks undertaken for care homes

Regular checks are being made on care homes across Torbay to ensure staff have enough personal protective equipment during the pandemic.

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust and Torbay Council have been calling care homes and providers a number of times each week to ensure they have everything they need.

Councillor Jackie Stockman, cabinet lead for adults and public health, said: “Care Homes and our Domiciliary Care Providers are at the front line in looking after the health and wellbeing of our most vulnerable.

“Rightly so they are worried about their residents and clients as well as for themselves at this very uncertain time. Feedback from the homes and providers is that they found this support helpful and are accessing help from Torbay & South Devon Foundation Trust. 

“We are doing, and will continue to do, what we can to support them and ensure they have what they need to deliver good and safe care. There are still significant challenges though. We will continue to ensure that staff have what they need so they can continue delivering care.”

Liz Davenport, Chief Executive of Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust said: “We are very grateful to all our colleagues providing services in care homes and other residential settings. It is their professionalism, commitment and compassion, that is supporting and protecting our most vulnerable residents.

“We are aware of how challenging this is during COVID-19, and are extending a range of our staff wellbeing services to care home staff, as well as to our NHS employees to provide them with additional support.” 

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