Hospital sends 96-year-old man to nursing home – one week later, 18 residents contract coronavirus


A hospital sent a veteran back to his “Covid-free” nursing home a few days before his test came back positive.

In one week, all but two of the 20 residents tested positive. Roger Waluube, owner of Pelham House in Folkestone, Kent, told the Mirror that a “nightmare” started last Thursday.

Former RAF engineer Francis Chapman, 96, spent the night in A&E at William Harvey Hospital, Ashford, after feeling bad but was sent home the next day.

On Monday, his Covid-19 test came back positive – on Thursday, he swept the house. S

taff was also tested positive. Waluube said, “It was like the end of everything. For eight, nine, ten weeks, we were without Covid.

Francis Chapman, 96, resident of Pelham House Nursing Home, Folkestone

“I just felt hopeless. Desperate, he did not receive the treatment he deserved. Despair for other residents and for staff.

“They pushed us to take it back before we got the test results. It’s beyond carelessness. It’s a nightmare. “

Waluube, who said that Chapman was isolated on his return, said that seven of the 18 residents with the virus had no symptoms but “five are pretty bad”.

Francis Chapman was an RAF engineer

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War girls veteran Francis learned yesterday that he was having trouble breathing. He is transferred to a hospice. His daughter Diane Baker, 68, said, “Because he is 96 years old, I think they cheated on him. He may be old, but still has the right to NHS care. “

The East Kent Hospital NHS Trust said, “The patient came with symptoms of coronavirus.

“The results confirm that it [already] had [it]. He didn’t need to admit. He was tested before being released.

“The guideline for hospitals and nursing homes is that released people should be isolated in the same way as a person who is positive for Covid, pending the outcome of the test. There is support for nursing homes who do not believe they can provide appropriate care. “


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