A team of healthcare workers stepped in to help when a residential nursing home in Lockerbie was hit by staff shortages due to the coronavirus.

The 27 emergency workers were deployed to Dryfemount Care Home after a number of the staff and residents tested positive for COVID-19. The team included nurses, domestic staff and healthcare assistants from NHS Dumfries and Galloway, social work and day service staff from Dumfries and Galloway Council and a carer and volunteer from the third sector.

Cllr Stephen Thompson, Dumfries and Galloway councillor for Annandale North, and Chair of Social Work Committee, said,

“It’s imperative that Health and Social Care providers are working together in partnership during these times and when they do it’s incredibly effective. The combined team of NHS nurses and domestic staff, Council Social Work staff and administrators and a volunteer was assembled to ensure that existing staff and residents at Dryfemount Care Home received the help and support they needed.

This was done in view of the Care Inspectorate, who have taken note of the efficiency of the combined response. It has meant that care home residents are getting care and support, and it has provided respite for Dryfemount staff who have been managing the situation.

Dumfries and Galloway Health and Social Care Partnership is a public body that enables NHS, Council and the third and independent sectors to work together and deliver the vast majority of health and social care services in the region.”

Commenting, MSP for South Scotland, Joan McAlpine said,

“I can’t praise these staff highly enough for their dedication and commitment, stepping up to the front line when this care home was facing a staff shortage.
Thanks to them these elderly and vulnerable residents were able to receive the care they needed.

“Thanks too, to Dumfries and Galloway Health and Social Care Partnership for recognising the urgency of the situation and responding quickly to provide support.

“My thoughts go out to the residents and staff who tested positive and I wish them all a speedy recovery. This will be a very worrying time for them as well as for their families and loved ones.

“I understand a number of Dryfemount staff who were self-isolating have since recovered and now returned to work, they deserve our sincerest thanks for putting their own health at risk to care for those more vulnerable than themselves.”