Bosses at the care home where Britain’s oldest coronavirus victim died say 26 staff members are self-isolating.

Hilda Churchill, 108, died at Kenyon Lodge on Saturday (March 28), just hours after testing positive for Covid-19.

Currently, 14 staff are self isolating with symptoms, alongside 12 who are self-isolating with underlying medical conditions or because family members have symptoms.

Another resident also died at the home in the last week - though this was unrelated to coronavirus.

Hilda Churchill died on Saturday after testing positive for Covid-19

Nobody else at the home has been tested for the virus.

The care home, in Little Hulton, Salford, is being monitored by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) after the regulatory body was contacted by a person with concerns regarding the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).

The company which runs the home, Abbey Healthcare, insists there is strict isolation and infection control policy and guidance in place for residents testing positive for the virus.

Kenyon Lodge

But they said sourcing of PPE is 'a huge challenge at the moment' and though they have never run out, extra stocks are yet to arrive.

“Despite assurances that extra PPE will be sent to care homes this has not happened for Kenyon Lodge despite our requests,” a Abbey Healthcare spokesman said.

PPE is distributed by Salford Public Health.

Abbey Healthcare says the current situation has put a strain on staffing, but numbers are adequate to provide proper care.

A spokesman said it would be 'of great help to us' if care staff who are self-isolating could be tested for coronavirus.

The company says it is still recruiting and says it is willing to take on 'furloughed staff on a temporary basis' as well as 'full time staff with a variety of experiences'.

Bosses say the sourcing of PPE is “a huge challenge at the moment”

Kenyon Lodge was rated as ‘good’ in all areas during the last CQC inspection back in April 2019.

Public Health England said it is 'working closely with partners across the north west to ensure that care homes are provided with public health advice and are using PPE appropriately in line with current national guidance'.

Abbey Healthcare said staff are following government guidelines and constantly updating their own procedures as these change.

A sign outside the home

“Should a resident be tested positive for COVID-19, we have strict isolation and infection control policy and guidance in place, to ensure all are protected,” a spokesman said.

“This includes use of masks and other protective equipment.”

They added: “We currently have 14 staff self-isolating with symptoms as per the government’s current guidelines, alongside 12 who are self-isolating for underlying medical conditions or because family members have symptoms.

“While this is putting strain on our staffing, we are continuing to staff adequately and provide proper care.”

Kenyon Lodge closed its doors to visitors on Tuesday, March 24, a decision Abbey Healthcare says was “in line with the majority of care home operators”.

Bosses said they were not aware that Kenyon Lodge is being specifically monitored by the CQC, as they are “adhering and carrying out current guidance”.

Regarding PPE stocks, they said: “Sourcing PPE is a huge challenge at the moment, and we are having to use a wide variety of suppliers and are constantly searching for new supplies.

“However, we have never run out of PPE and maintaining our supplies is currently an area of constant focus."

They added that extra stocks from Salford Public Health, requested on Friday, are yet to arrive.

“Despite assurances that extra PPE will be sent to care homes this has not happened for Kenyon Lodge despite our requests,” they added.

Abbey Healthcare helped staff for their hard work in “these testing times”.

“We are doing everything we can to care for our residents at this time,” they said.

They added: “It would be of great help to us if care staff who are self-isolating could be tested so they can return to work more quickly.”

The M.E.N has contacted Salford Public Health for comment.