Published: Wednesday 30th December 2020
Residents who live at Brinnington Hall care home, located on Middlesex Road, have today received their first dose of the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine after transportation and storage challenges for the vials have been overcome.
Many members of the staff team have already been vaccinated as they were amongst the first in the country to receive the jab a couple of weeks ago. This was after management at the home pre-empted the essential administrative processes in preparation for the vaccine and were therefore ready to go with all the paperwork arranged. With this initial batch of vaccinations being performed offsite at Stepping Hill Hospital and for staff only, residents and their families have been eagerly awaiting news of when they will be able to receive the vaccine at their home and were thrilled to find out that they were first in line in the Stockport area.
Stacey Linn, Director at Brinnington Hall’s operator Ideal Carehomes, has commended the team. She said,“Our staff have been inspirational throughout the pandemic – not just for the way they have worked together to protect their residents but also for how quickly and efficiently they have responded to numerous new guidelines over the last few months.
This is testament to the fact that they were prepared and ready for the vaccine today. I am so proud of our manager, Rachel, and everyone at Brinnington Hall for their continued resilience, dedication and commitment and it is an emotional moment to be able to take this positive step together in the fight against coronavirus.”
Margaret Harley, 78, who has lived at Brinnington Hall for just over a year, has received her vaccination today. She said,“Everything went smoothly and was very well organised. I feel privileged to be one of the first to have the vaccine and although we have stayed safe at home, I am hopeful that this is the start of the whole world bouncing back from this awful year.”
Brinnington Hall Home Manager, Rachel McIntosh, said: “This year has been a real challenge for everyone but we have always had faith that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and the availability of a vaccine has been our continued hope that we will return to normal. The Registered Nurses who came to complete the vaccinations have been amazing and the process was fast and efficient. We are just so relieved to know that our residents will be protected from this virus, as that has been the most important thing to us throughout.”
Cecilia Lockwood, Registered Nurse based at Brinnington Surgery who attended Brinnington Hall care home with colleagues Paula Porter and Jane Templeton to carry out the vaccinations said,“I am so proud to be rolling out the first vaccines for residents at Brinnington Hall - it is such an important step so that care home residents are able to see their loved ones again. It has been a pleasure to visit this morning, Rachel and the team have been extremely organised which has made the whole process very straightforward.”
Staff and residents at other Ideal Carehomes across the country are also receiving the jab and the roll-out is expected to last into January 2021.
Brinnington Hall, operated by Ideal Carehomes, is a residential and dementia care home boasting a hair salon, café and cinema. The home is currently welcoming new residents for short and long term placements and loved ones are able to visit in dedicated Covid-safe social rooms (subject to current guidelines). For more information, call Rachel on 0161 406 3040 or visit https://www.idealcarehomes.co.uk/our-homes/brinnington-hall/