Covid-19 Business Statement from our CEO, David Rutherford-Jones
16th August 2021
Morden College continues to closely monitor the evolution of the Coronavirus situation. We are and will continue to regularly update residents and staff on the situation, and as appropriate provide guidance on the necessary precautions to take.
We understand fully that the pandemic is not over and recognise too the endemic nature of the crisis now, in the UK. Coronavirus seems likely to be with us for a long while yet. We also note the improving situation in England and the Capital City. Lowering infection rates, low hospital admissions, low death rate.
It is in this context we move forward now. The Charity and its community of residents and staff will not be complacent. And we will continue to monitor the situation very closely going forward, heeding advice we are given by Public Health England, CQC, HM Government and our local authorities in Greenwich and Bromley. Should there be a resurgence that increases the threat to the College we will act swiftly with appropriate measures. To this end the Charity now holds enough PPE such that we can act immediately, and furthermore we will maintain the crisis management structure put in place on 17th March 2020, as the best means by which to manage a further outbreak, should one occur.
Risk assessments for all areas of the College will continue to be carried out by managers as new situations arise, in consultation with individual staff and the Health and Safety team.
With all this to mind, from 16th August 2021 Morden College will:
Continue to regularly test all staff and volunteers.
Continue to maintain some restrictions in our Care Home, Cullum Welch Court (see additional note below).
We will cease our control of access to all our sites, including stopping temperature checks for everyone entering our sites.
There will be no restriction on visitors to our residents in their independent living locations.
Our hospitality facilities will open fully to residents, families, and friends, including in the Charity’s new central facility, the John Morden Centre.
Events will be run for residents, without restriction. Residents’ social committees and the new Resident Forum will be at the helm once more, playing their part in deciding the social programme for the Charity.
Other than in our Care Home, masks will not need to be worn on our sites nor in our buildings, except for the following exemptions:
- Where the person you are visiting would feel more comfortable with you wearing a face mask/covering.
- Where the person visiting others would feel more comfortable wearing a face mask/covering.
- Where our staff are providing personal care or care/support in close proximity to residents.
- For staff or volunteers working in the Care Home, or who have a need to enter the Care Home.
- Where residents or staff are travelling in the College buses, or pool car.
Specific Protocols will still apply in our Care Home:
Visitors to our residents in Cullum Welch Court Care Home must be named. There is no longer a limit on the numbers of named visitors for each of our residents. Visits must be booked in advance. Visitors will be required to confirm they have received the Covid vaccination unless they are under 18 or are medically exempt. Visitors will need to complete a Lateral Flow Test prior to each visit, and they will need to provide evidence of the test and the result on arrival.
Essential care-giver visits can continue. The LFT protocol applies.
Our Registered Manager will, from 16th August, retain a vaccination log.
End-of-life visits continue, two individual visitors in the resident’s room at a time. The LFT protocol applies.
As visitors to rooms will have been vaccinated, visitors need not wear masks in their loved one’s rooms. Masks must be worn in the communal spaces within the Care Home.
Hugging is definitely OK! Visitors are advised to avoid face-to-face contact.
We strongly advise visitors to take their loved ones out into our gardens, and indeed use our other facilities, for example the new Café 19 in the John Morden Centre
Visitors who are not vaccinated will be able to continue their visits by using our orangery, attached to Cullum Welch Court, as before.
From 11th November 2021 new regulations will require all our Care Home workers, and anyone working or volunteering inside the indoor premises of our CQC-regulated Care Home, to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
Our intent now is to focus on restoring the best quality of life we can to all our residents, while at the same time allowing space for our staff and residents to recover from a tough 18 months. The College will continue to monitor the situation with coronavirus and listen to and act on Government guidance. We will also, in the context of how we intend to move forward from 16th August 2021, outlined in this notice, continue always to provide our employees, residents and visitors with a safe and healthy environment at Morden College, on all our sites. We will of course keep visitors to our website updated as the situation evolves.