Impact of Covid revealed for Reading care homes

The number of lives lost at each old-age care home has been made public for the first time.
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The number of people believed to have sadly died with Covid-19 in Reading old-age care homes has been revealed for the first time.

Reading’s largest care home, River View, reported the most deaths of residents with suspected or confirmed Covid-19, according to a new report from the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Kate Terroni, CQC’s Chief Inspector for Adult Social Care, said: "As we publish this data, we ask for consideration and respect to be shown to people living in care homes, to families who have been affected, and to the staff who have done everything they could, in incredibly difficult circumstances, to look after those in their care."

The impact of Covid on care homes

The number of people the CQC says have died with suspected or confirmed Covid-19 at Reading care homes: 

  • River View: 30 people
  • Jasmine House: 15 people
  • St Lukes and The Oaks: 11 people
  • Mulberry House: 9 people
  • Lakeside: 6 people
  • Parkside: 6 people
  • Life Care: 5 people
  • Abbeyfield House: 3 people
  • The Boltons: 1 person
  • Northcourt Lodge: 1 person

Until now, figures were only published for each borough, rather than for every named care home. The CQC, which licenses and inspects care homes, said it had needed time to address the complexity and sensitivity of making this information public. Care home residents could have caught Covid in another setting or even passed away during a temporary stay in hospital, so the figures might not necessarily reflect on the quality of care at each home, the CQC said.

The CQC data is based on information it received directly from care homes themselves about their residents, and may not match up to other official figures based on the number of death certificates that officially record coronavirus as a cause.

Last May, Healthwatch Reading asked Reading Borough Council why our town had a high number of care home deaths. The council responded that it was not complacent and had been working to provide the best support it could to care homes.

Figures on Covid deaths at named hospitals have been published since early on in the pandemic.

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