8 Apr 2020
We have had news that three residents at our Harpenden Home who had shown symptoms of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and had been tested have now received the results which are positive. Whilst this is of concern the news is not unexpected and we are thankful that the residents concerned are not, at present, severely affected. However, we are still monitoring their condition carefully and consistently following the recommended guidelines advised by Public Health England. The families of the affected residents have been informed of this latest development.
The Harpenden staff situation is likewise being monitored and although we have a few staff on sick-leave we are hopeful that some members of staff who were compelled to 'self-isolate' will be able to return to full duties later this week, if the Lord will.
We are thankful that the Brighton and Studley Homes are still continuing to operate as usual.
The Trustees are having almost daily 'virtual' meetings and are in constant contact with the General Manager who in turn is closely liaising with the respective Home Managers and staff. Once again the Trustees value your prayers and continued support and would acknowledge the Lord's goodness to Bethesda at this difficult time. May we sweetly prove that '...the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted'. Psalm 140:12
4 Apr 2020
COVID-19 Update 4th April 2020
We are thankful to report that both the Homes at Brighton and Studley are continuing to operate as usual, given the current conditions, and residents and staff appear to be free from the virus symptoms at present.
Harpenden Home - Staff: The situation here is being monitored closely as we have a number of staff who are either still 'self-isolating' and others who have either shown or are showing symptoms of the Coronavirus and cannot work in the Home.
Harpenden Home - Residents: Those residents who were experiencing virus related symptoms are currently no worse and are continuing to be cared for using recommended 'barrier care' methods. Additionally two other residents are now showing similar symptoms.
The Trustees, General Manager, Managers and staff are extremely grateful for the many offers of help from volunteers willing to assist at this time of need. We hope and pray that the members of staff who were compelled to 'self isolate' may be able to return to work again shortly.
The Trustees would acknowledge the Lord's goodness and mercy in answering many prayers enabling our Homes to continue operating in these trying times. Your continued prayerful interest and messages of support are much appreciated and valued.
31 Mar 2020
Bethesda is endevoring to keep people infromed by email and copies of updates circulated with these can be found in the Bethesda Publications
26 Mar 2020
With the ongoing concerns regarding the current outbreak of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Bethesda is carefully monitoring the situation in view of our residents being elderly and therefore particularly vulnerable and at ‘high risk’.
17 Mar 2020
Please note that the due to the ongoing situation with Covid-19 (coronavirus) the Committee have felt it prudent to defer the Annual General Meeting to a later date, subject to the Lord's will.