Coronavirus Updates

Covid-19 Business Statement from our CEO, David Rutherford-Jones

17th December 2021

MC-Team-David-RJMorden 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. In response to the risks of the Omicron variant and increasing infection rates action has been taken in accordance with Government guidelines to keep the residents and staff at Morden College safe.

As we move forward we continue to heed the advice we are given by Public Health England, CQC, HM Government and our local authorities in Greenwich and Bromley. As the new Omicron variant has increased the risk to the College we have acted swiftly. The Charity holds enough PPE to protect staff and residents, and the crisis management structure put in place on 17th March 2020, continues to provide frontline leadership and operational support.

Risk assessments for all areas of the College have been carried out by managers as new situations arise, in consultation with individual staff and the Health and Safety team.

With all this to mind, Morden College will:

  • Continue to regularly test all staff and volunteers.
  • Encourage and support the vaccination of all employees except for those with medical exemptions.
  • Continue to maintain restrictions in our Care Home, Cullum Welch Court (see additional note below).

There will be no restriction on visitors to our residents in their independent living locations but we do encourage all visitors to complete a lateral flow test before visiting residents.

Our hospitality facilities are open fully to residents, families, and friends, including in the Charity’s new central facility, the John Morden Centre. However, social distancing has resumed and our facilities are limiting the number of guests.

Events will be run for residents, with social distancing restrictions in place. Residents’ social committees and the new Resident Forum will continue to play their part in deciding the social programme for the Charity. Unfortunately, with the emergence of the new COVID variant some of our larger events such as parties for our volunteers and staff have been postponed.

Face masks are worn in all indoor areas of the College

Specific Protocols will still apply in our Care Home:
Visitors to our residents in Cullum Welch Court Care Home must be named. On the 14th December 2021 the Government issued new guidance that specifies that each resident can have three permitted visitors and one essential care giver. 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. Relatives will not be refused entry to the home if they have not been fully vaccinated but it is strongly recommended. Visitors will need to complete a Lateral Flow Test prior to each visit, and they will need to provide evidence of the negative test result on arrival.

Our Registered Manager will, 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.

Relatives 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 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. I am pleased to say that all our staff are fully vaccinated. Residents have had their booster vaccinations and staff have been having theirs when they are due.

Our intent 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 continue 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.