Council working with HSE to support care homes with Covid-19 safety

Ensuring care homes are Covid secure is the aim of a new project between Hastings Borough Council (HBC) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

The council will be working with local care homes to ensure the correct Covid-19 measures are in place so the health and safety of both residents and staff are protected.

This new scheme builds on an already successful scheme for checking local businesses which was launched in October last year.

Support and guidance will be provided to help care homes comply with the Government’s Covid-19 measures, manage risk and protect staff and residents. The scheme aims to offer both support and practical help but it is expected that advice will be enough to resolve the majority of, if not all, issues the team may come across. 

If any serious risks are found, enforcement action can be taken if necessary.

Councillor Kim Forward, leader of the council, said: “We know that our local care homes are working extremely hard to ensure they have safety measures in place to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. With the high number of cases in Hastings, it is important that we do all we can to protect our most vulnerable people and helping to make sure our local care homes are safe is part of this.

“The team will give advice and support so that every care home environment is as safe as it possibly can be.

“We know that the COVID-19 guidelines can be confusing, especially as they change regularly. We are here to help and support so please reach out to us if you are unsure about the government guidelines whether you work in a care home, or you own or work in a local business.

“For the latest information and guidance, visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus.”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related

Woman left with ‘substantial’ injury after attack

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was robbed in St Leonards. The victim was walking a dog in St Leonards Gardens around 7.30am yesterday (Jan 12th) when she stopped on a bench and was approached by an unknown man. He asked her for a lighter for a cigarette before commenting on her handbag. […]

Council in no mood to find common ground with Bunker protestors

In December two borough councillors asked for their questions to be answered over issues surrounding planning infringements at ‘The Bunker’ at Rocklands. Today, almost a month later and only hours before a crucial vote on the matter by the council’s planning committee, they finally got their answers – and they make fascinating and uncompromising reading! […]