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Bury St Edmunds care home staff praised for 'life saving' support to resident, 91, with coronavirus

Care home staff have been praised for their ‘life saving’ efforts in helping a resident recover from coronavirus.

Bow White said staff at Cornwallis Court, in Bury St Edmunds, went ‘above and beyond’ to care for her 91-year-old father Dennis Chapman, who was diagnosed with Covid-19 on May 8.

Mrs White, 65, of Stowlangtoft, said: “Without them he wouldn’t be here - there’s no doubt about that. They just gave their all which is amazing.”

Bow White with her dad Dennis Chapman
Bow White with her dad Dennis Chapman

Mrs White and her daughter Kirsty visited Mr Chapman four to five times a week but since the lockdown has been phoning the home to check on him.

“The last week of March they were saying ‘dad’s not too good today’ but because he’s 91, he’s frail - although coronavirus crosses your mind - you think it’s just dad having a bad couple of days,” Mrs White said.

However, he developed a temperature, given antibiotics and was tested for Covid-19 with the results coming back positive a week later.

Ruby Gibson and Jazz Bullen
Ruby Gibson and Jazz Bullen

“Everything goes through your mind,” she said. “You think this is it now, he’s not going to get over it and against the odds he did. He’s obviously still very frail. He spends some time in his bed and then they get him out and put him in his chair.

“The last few days when I’ve rang the home, he’s back to his normal self.”

Although Mr Chapman has lewy body dementia, Mrs White said he was ‘lucky’ he didn’t have any underlying conditions such as heart or chest problems.

“To get someone who’s quite frail at 91, it can only be through the total dedication (of staff) checking on him, trying to get him to drink and giving him Calpol because he couldn’t take his tablets,” she said.

Resident Delphine Bell enjoys the performance from her room
Resident Delphine Bell enjoys the performance from her room

Mrs White, who has been a private carer for 25 years, said: “It was life saving care. They give their all anyway but during this they’ve gone above and beyond.”

Mr Chapman, who was a sales manager for Vintens in Bury St Edmundsm, has lived at Cornwallis for four years having moved fromNorfolk.

At the start of the outbreak, two residents at the home, in Hospital Road, were admitted to hospital and passed away with coronavirus symptoms.

Resident Janet Lock with a picture sent from a child
Resident Janet Lock with a picture sent from a child

The home has had a ‘small number of residents who presented with symptoms and tested positive’ and they were cared for and isolated at the home and have recovered. They are starting routine testing for residents and staff.

Denise O’Brien, manager of the home, said they were ‘overwhelmed with all the kindness’ of the community in recent weeks.

Musicians Ruby Gibson and Jazz Bullen staged a mini concert outside the RMBI Care Company home, which has received cards, letters and drawings from the community including Westgate Primary School pupils.

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