More than 200 care home residents have died of coronavirus in Bolton, a new report shows.
The tragic death toll was revealed by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in a report listing the number of Covid-related deaths in every nursing home in the country from April 10th last year to March 31st this year .
The highest number of deaths in a single nursing home in Bolton was 37 as recorded by Mill View Care Home, one of Bolton’s largest residential homes.
Deaths from the virus reached six other nursing homes – all rated large – with 50 beds or more – or medium-sized.
It was the Farnworth Nursing Home, 25 deaths; Four seasons, 15 deaths; Beechville 14 deaths; Lever Edge Nursing Home, 13 Deaths; Rivington View Nursing Home 11 and Shannon Court Care Center 10.
“It has been an incredibly difficult time for the care sector and our thoughts go out to everyone who has lost a loved one in the past 16 months.” Rachel Tanner, director of adult services for Bolton Council and executive director of Bolton Integrated Care Partnership, said, “The pandemic is one of the greatest challenges we face as a country and community. We must remember that behind each of these numbers is a person and a family who is devastated by her loss. ”
In total, there were reportedly 216 deaths in Bolton’s nursing homes.
The CQC announced that, for the first time, it is releasing figures on death reports received from individual homes in order to be transparent after previously disclosing the data.
She warned that factors that could affect the number of deaths include community transmission rates, the size of the nursing home, the age of the residents, and health and care needs.
Nursing homes in the Northwest reported the highest number of Covid-related deaths in the first wave of the pandemic, with Bolton recording 132.
This region also had the highest number of coronavirus-related deaths in the entire community, according to Public Health England.
Between April 10 and June 30, 37 major nursing homes in the country recorded at least 20 Covid-19-related deaths each – 21 of them in the northwest.
In the last quarter, when the second wave peaked, the southeast had the highest number of coronavirus-related deaths among nursing home residents and wider society.
The death toll among nursing home residents fell significantly in Bolton until it picked up again in the fourth quarter – January through February – when the second wave peaked and 59 nursing home residents died.
Nationally, more than 39,000 nursing home residents have died from the virus, and the highest single-location death toll was 44 and 21 homes had more than 30 deaths as a result of the virus.
Ms. Tanner said, “Like everywhere in the UK, Covid has been a huge challenge for our care sector which has worked incredibly hard to make sure people are cared for and compassionate at all times and we thank the carers for their continued hard work and dedication.
“During the pandemic, Bolton Health and Care Partners have worked tirelessly with our care homes and care services to ensure that all available steps were taken to protect and support our most vulnerable residents and employees.
“We took a proactive early approach to responding to the pandemic by sourcing PPE directly, relocating staff across the partnership as needed, assisting with infection control and end-of-life care, and ensuring each home has a designated GP .
“Our ongoing work to promote vaccine uptake has so far fully vaccinated more than 92% of residents and nearly 90% of staff are receiving at least one dose.
“The Care Quality Commission has emphasized that death data do not reflect the quality of care and should be used carefully to consider all factors in interpreting the information.
“We have always worked closely with nursing homes in the county to help them deliver the highest standard of care possible and we pride ourselves on having one of the highest rates of good quality homes in the Greater Manchester area.
“The release of this data will be a vivid reminder of the loss we have suffered and we extend our deepest condolences to families, loved ones and providers for the lives lost in the pandemic.
Deaths at Bolton Care Homes from April 10, 2020 to March 31, 2021
Mill View Care Home, (classified as a large nursing home) 37
Farnworth Care Home (classified as a large nursing home) 25
Four Seasons (classified as a large nursing home) 15
Beechville (classified as a large nursing home) 14
Lever Edge Nursing Home (classified as a Large Nursing Home) 13
Rivington View Nursing Home (classified as a Medium Nursing Home) 11
Shannon Court Care Center (classified as a large nursing home) 10
Laburnum Lodge medium sized nursing home) 8
St. Catherine Nursing Home (classified as a Large Nursing Home) 8
Wingates Dorm (medium sized nursing home) 8
Sunnyside Residential Home 7
Blackrod House (medium sized nursing home) 6
Astley Grange (medium sized nursing home) 6
Abafields Residential Home 5
Knightswood Care Home 5
Southlands Residential Home Limited 5
Woodlands Westhoughton Dementia Nursing Home and Services (classified as Large Nursing Home) 5
Lyngate Care Home 4
Wilfred Geere House (medium sized nursing home) 4
Grange Lea Residential Home Limited 4
Meadow Bank House (medium sized nursing home) 3
The Old Vicarage (medium sized nursing home) 2
Strathmore Nursing Home (medium sized nursing home) 2
Parkview Residential Home 2
Swallowfield Garden Care Home 2
Woodlands Atherton, Dementia Nursing Home and Services (Medium Nursing Home) 1
Hyde Lea (medium sized nursing home) 1
Withins (Breightmet) Limited (classified as a large nursing home) 1
Glenbank Care Home, (classified as a medium sized nursing home) 1
Greenlands Residential Home 1
Nursing homes with fewer than 10 beds are not included in the data