Fleet of ambulances respond to Covid outbreak at Cornwall care home

Residents have told of their shock after ten ambulance crews and paramedics wearing hazmat suits responded to an outbreak of Covid-19 at a nearby care home.

The incident happened on Sunday night (January 10) at Trengrouse care home in Helston.

The ambulance service arrived at around 8.30pm and remained at the care home for a number of hours.

Onlookers said it was “like something out of a movie” with paramedics wearing hazmat suits to treat patients.

Julie Oates, aged 69, a nearby resident, said: “There were 10 ambulances and two of them were parked outside my front door.

“It happened at around 8.30pm and they were there until around 11pm.

“I spoke to one of the paramedics but he said he couldn’t tell me anything.

“I’ve never seen anything like it before. I thought what an earth is going on, I was really scared.”

Another resident, who wishes to remain anonymous, said: “It was scary as hell, looking out and seeing around 10 ambulances outside and paramedics all in hazmat suits. It looked like something out of a movie.”

Anne Thomas, the CEO of Cornwall Care, which runs Trengrouse, said a significant number of residents and some staff have been affected by the outbreak of Covid-19.

In a statement to CornwallLive, she said: “Unfortunately, I can confirm that a Covid-19 outbreak at our Trengrouse nursing home in Helston is currently affecting a significant number of residents and some staff.

“My team has been working tirelessly throughout the pandemic to keep those they are looking after safe and are continuing to do all they can to control the viral spread.

“To that end, some Trengrouse staff with negative test results have volunteered to stay in local accommodation, rather than going home, so they can carry on doing their jobs whilst also protecting their families and Cornwall Care is paying for them to do so. I am so grateful to them for their dedication and commitment.

Ambulances responding to a Covid-19 outbreak at Trengrouse care home in Helston
Ambulances responding to a Covid-19 outbreak at Trengrouse care home in Helston
(Image: Julie Oates)

“Residents at six of our sixteen homes in Cornwall have now received their first vaccine dose and all the others are due to get theirs in the next week or so. Immunisation is our real hope for the future but, in the meantime, our wonderful team is working hard with the support of local health and social care colleagues to get us through this crisis.”

Cornwall Council also issued a statement following the news of the outbreak of Covid-19 in Helston.

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It said: “Together with Public Health England South West and local NHS colleagues, Cornwall Council is supporting staff and residents of Trengrouse nursing home in Helston following an outbreak of Covid-19.

“The home remains closed to visitors and staff are carefully following the detailed guidance that is being provided by Public Health England and the Government.”

Cornwall Live