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Care Quality Commission satisfied with Covid-19 protocols at Magdalen House care home in Hadleigh after earlier outbreak



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Health watchdog, the Care Quality Commission, has said it is satisfied that a Hadleigh care home which experienced a notable outbreak of Covid-19 has effective prevention and management measures in place.

Magdalen House care home in Hadleigh suffered dozens of confirmed Covid-19 cases last month, as cases spiked sharply in the town, prompting a local Covid alert by Babergh District Council.

As part of its work to ensure outbreak controls were effective, CQC inspectors visited the home on November 19 – around a week after the home closed to new residents and visitors.

Coronavirus.
Coronavirus.

In its report, the watchdog said it had been “assured that the provider was making sure infection outbreaks can be effectively prevented or managed,” and “was meeting shielding and social distancing rules”.

The report confirmed that PPE supplies were healthy, visitors were being prevented from catching or spreading the infection, Covid measures were up-to-date and access to testing was in place.

Public Health Suffolk, which deployed infection and prevention control teams to the home, confirmed it had carried out whole home testing, additional swabbing and follow up tests, and was now satisfied there were no further concerns.

That outbreak totalled 30 positive cases among staff and 21 residents testing positive.