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Home truths: Nursing homes under pressure

Delayed access to testing and medical care, inadequate supplies of PPE, chronic staff shortages and atypical symptoms among their inhabitants have put the country’s nursing homes at the centre of the Covid-19 crisis

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

@susmitchellsbp

Aaron Rogan

News Correspondent

@aarrogan
19th April, 2020
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Health workers transfer residents from the ‘La casa di mela’ rest home in Naples, where Covid-19 has infected many elderly people Picture: Getty

In early April, a healthcare worker at St Mary’s Hospital, a 198-bed nursing home in the Phoenix Park, contacted this newspaper. She was desperate and she was worried.

Infection control was substandard and endangering residents at the nursing home, she said. Patients with Covid-19 were wandering into other wards, while symptomatic residents remained in shared rooms with other residents – leaving the other residents at heightened risk of being infected.

The healthcare worker...

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