Coronavirus: Deaths rise by 60 in one week in Hampshire care homes and seven in Portsmouth city

'EVERY death is regrettable' - Hampshire care home deaths involving coronavirus have risen by 60 in one week, resulting in the highest total in the country.

Tuesday, 5th May 2020, 5:29 pm
Updated Wednesday, 6th May 2020, 11:13 am

Care home deaths in the Hampshire County Council area from April 10 to May 1 now total 205, which is the highest number in England, as reported by the Care Quality Commission.

They also increased by seven in Portsmouth, to reach a total of 27, and 10 in Southampton to hit 28.

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Care home deaths related to coronavirus in the Hampshire County Council area are higher than anywhere in England

Hampshire council’s adult social care and health cabinet member, Councillor Liz Fairhurst, explained the council was working to support both council-run and private care homes.

'Every deaths is regrettable, and it's desperately sad for the relatives,' she said.

'People are working flat out. We are providing as much PPE and help as we can.'

Between April 10 and May 1 there were a total of 547 deaths in care homes in the Hampshire County Council area, with 205 of them coronavirus related.

Across England 6,391 out of 16,662 care homes deaths were linked to coronavirus.

Portsmouth City Council's head of health and wellbeing, Councillor Matthew Winnington, said: 'We are obviously very sad to hear about these deaths. Our thoughts are with the families and loved ones of those that have died, as well as the dedicated members of staff that knew and cared for them in such challenging circumstances.

'In Portsmouth, we have excellent relationships across the health and social care system, including with local NHS organisations and private providers, and have continued to work closely with our colleagues across the city during the coronavirus outbreak.

'We've seen fantastic examples of local providers working together - for example, one home care agency re-deployed staff to a residential care home to help look after residents.

'We would encourage any local care providers that are struggling to seek support from the local authority if they need it. We are committed to working together as a whole system and are doing everything we can to make sure there are long-term solutions in place, safeguarding our health and social care system for the future.'

So far there have been 195 deaths linked to coronavirus reported at QA Hospital.

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