A heroic nurse who went through the swine flu crisis saved the lives of 13 dementia patients.
Maria Spollin runs the Church Farm at Skylarks in West Bridgford, Nottingham, where she helped 13 residents recover from a coronavirus.
On March 22, five of the 50 residents tested positive for the virus and eight others showed symptoms.
Maria worked for 20 years at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester and during the 2009 swine flu epidemic and used these experiences to help her patients with dementia.
Maria Spollin (photo) saved the lives of 13 dementia patients at Church Farm in Skylarks after using advanced survival skills she learned during the 2009 swine flu epidemic
On March 22, five of 50 residents tested positive for the virus and another eight showed symptoms
Maria said: “It was a very difficult decision to make, weighing the consequences if someone had not caught the virus but was confined with people who had it, I risked putting it at risk.”
She added that she was “relieved” that her actions saved the patients and that she was proud of her team.
The elderly are most at risk for coronavirus, but as of April 23, the 13 patients had fully recovered and the nursing home was declared virus-free.
During her time at Glenfield Hospital, Maria became a specialist in advanced life support.
Ten of 13 residents of Church Farm at Skylarks in West Bridgeford, Nottingham who have recovered from the coronavirus
Using her knowledge gained during the swine flu crisis, she used zoning at home.
This meant, with the families’ permission, to isolate those infected with the virus and convert the community area of the home into a makeshift neighborhood.
Helen Walton, director of Church Farm Skylark, said, “With a care home, you know there is a good chance that the coronavirus will arrive. Maria had discussed with us what we should do, so we were well prepared.
“When five residents tested positive, they were immediately isolated in a common living room in which we had converted into a makeshift room with beds.
Retired Army Brigadier Peter Stevenson (photo), who served with the Scottish Borderers, was the first resident to catch the virus after developing a cough and sore throat
Her daughter Julia Murphy (photo) said, “We are incredibly blessed to have such a fabulous team here. I’m so relieved that everyone is improving
“We explained to the families in advance what we were planning to do and they were all thrilled with it.
“Four staff members worked 24 hours a day to care for the sick. These workers have been isolated from work colleagues and other residents to prevent the spread of the virus. They worked so hard, changing clothes and bedding and making sure that hygiene was at the highest level. Their professionalism was magnificent. “
Retired Ranger Peter Stevenson, who served with the Scottish Borderers, was the first resident to catch the virus after developing a cough and sore throat.
He celebrated his 86th birthday the same day the house was declared free from coronavirus.
Daughter Julia Murphy said, “Dad was approaching 86 years old and he was not feeling well at all last year when he had an unexpected heart attack. I was like, “Oh, Lord, I can’t even see him to say goodbye. “
“We are extremely fortunate to have such a fabulous team here. I am so relieved that everyone is improving. “
The house makeshift service has been thoroughly cleaned and ready in case the virus returns.