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News and Announcements 

Welcome to the Bethesda news and announcements page. Here we will post news and items of interest to our friends and supporters

  • 4 Feb 2021

    Further to our recent update in which we reported that a member of staff at the Studley Home had tested positive for COVID-19, it is in gratitude to the Lord that we are able to report that there have been no further cases following the period of isolation and full re-testing of staff and residents this week.

    As a consequence the visitors room facility is being reopened to relatives and friends from today (Thursday 4 February). 

  • 28 Jan 2021
    Further to our recent update in which we reported that a member of staff at the Studley Home had tested positive for COVID-19, we are now able to confirm that follow-up testing for all residents and staff have returned negative results. We are truly thankful to the Lord for His continuing watchful care at this time. However, the Local Infection Control team of Public Health England have advised us that the residents must continue to self-isolate in their rooms for a total of fourteen days. This additionally means that visits to the Home cannot recommence until Friday 5th February 2021, subject to there being no further COVID-19 contacts in the meantime.
    Please continue to remember the residents, their loved ones and each member of staff at this difficult time.
    If you have any questions, please contact Adrian Topping at adriantopping@gsbf.uk or on the office land line.

     
  • 26 Jan 2021
    Due to the receipt of a positive COVID-19 test result for a member of staff on Saturday 23rd January, which was confirmed on Monday, we have taken the decision to temporarily close the visiting facility at the Studley Home.
    The individual concerned was sent home to self-isolate when the original result was received and consequently, as an additional precaution the residents have been asked to remain in their rooms. Additionally we await the results of a re-test of all residents and staff carried out  yesterday. 
    In the meantime, staff will be taking Lateral Flow Tests (a.k.a. rapid test) every day for seven days before commencing work. This is in line with government guidance following receipt of a positive test result.
    Once the results of the re-testing of residents and staff is known a decision will be taken on whether the additional measures can either be lifted or will need to remain in place for a the time being. 
    We pray for the welfare of the residents, the member of staff concerned, the Home Manager and each member of her team.
    If you have any questions, please contact Adrian Topping at adriantopping@gsbf.uk or on the office land line.
  • 23 Jan 2021
    We have taken the decision to temporarily close the Studley Home to visiting following notification of a positive COVID-19 test result for a member of staff this morning (Saturday 23rd). The individual has been sent home to await the results of a confirmatory PCR (swab) test. In the meantime, the residents have been asked to remain in their rooms and staff will be taking Lateral Flow Tests (a.k.a. rapid test) every day for seven days before they commence work. This is in line with government guidance following receipt of a positive test result.
    We pray for the welfare of the residents, the member of staff concerned, the Home Manager and each member of her team.
    If you have any questions, please contact Adrian Topping at adriantopping@gsbf.uk or on the office land line.

     
  • 6 Jan 2021
    Home visiting 
    There is currently a national lockdown in place. We understand that this means that care home visiting can still take place where there are arrangements with substantial screens in place. Therefore, visiting via our ‘Visitors Room’ may continue. 
     
    Travel 
    Travel is for essential reasons only within your local area. Please see the following link for deailed guidance on what is permitted in the current circumstances: 
    National lockdown: Stay at Home - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) 

    You are encouraged to make use of alternitve means of keeping in contact with your loved ones as much as posible. This includes vidio calls which the Homes can help to facilitate. 
  • 24 Dec 2020
    Home visiting 
    Both Harpenden and Brighton Bethesda Homes currently falls within Tier 4 (Stay at home) restrictions. We understand that this means that care home visiting can still take place where there are arrangements with substantial screens in place. Therefore, visiting via our ‘Visitors Room’ may continue, including the additional slots allocated over the Christmas period. 
     
    The Studley Bethesda Home is in Tier 3 (Very high alert) and visiting arrangements are as at present. 
     
    Travel 
    By implication, it would appear that travel to care homes is permitted provided it is safe to do so. We would, however, ask those visiting our Homes to make themselves aware of the limitations placed on travel within and without the various Tiers. 
     
    See: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-restriction-tiers-what-you-need-to-know 


     
  • 21 Dec 2020
    Home visiting 
    The Harpenden Bethesda Home currently falls within Tier 4 restrictions. We understand that this means that care home visiting can still take place where there are arrangements with substantial screens in place. Therefore, visiting via our ‘Visitors Room’ may continue, including the additional slots allocated over the Christmas period. 

     
    The Brighton and Studley Bethesda Homes remain in Tier 2 and visiting arrangements are as at present. 
     
    Travel 
    By implication, it would appear that travel to care homes is permitted provided it is safe to do so. We would, however, ask those visiting our Homes to make themselves aware of the limitations placed on travel within and without the various Tiers. 
     
    See: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-restriction-tiers-what-you-need-to-know 

     
  • 11 Dec 2020
    In the light of the new government guidance on visiting care homes published on the 1 December 2020, we have reviewed our visiting policy, the details of whcih can be found on our 'Visits Booking Page'.
  • 13 Nov 2020
    In the Lord's mercies, the recent testing of the residents and staff remain negative across our three Homes. The member of staff who tested positive continues to self-isolate and will not return to work until free of symptoms and tests negative. 

    At the current time, Home visiting will continue in line with the information on the website. 
  • 7 Nov 2020
    Notice is hereby given that an Extraordinary General Meeting of Subscribers to approve the incorporation of the Gospel Standard Bethesda Fund into a Charitable Company Limited by Guarantee due to be held on Saturday, 14 November 2020 at 10:00, in the Lord’s purposes, is cancelled.
     
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