MHA has formed a CovidCom to drive its battle against Coronavirus/COVID-19 disease which will definitely hit PE, and may cause significant challenges for our frail, elderly residents. We are doing what we can to be prepared for it.

Communication is key. CovidCom agreed that we would use the website as the primary means of communicating to residents and their familiesCovidCom has addressed a letter to all residents, other than those in frail care, which was delivered  on Monday 16 March 2020


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CovidCom has consistently reminded all those in the MHA family that Government’s moving the country to Lockdown Level 1 did not signify that the war against COVID-19 had been won, or was over. On the contrary, what has happened and is happening in other countries across the world indicates that a second surge is almost inevitable. Within the MHA context this indicates that all of us still need to be cautious, to take precautions, to behave responsibly, and to thereby protect ourselves and others. 

Sadly, this isn’t happening as it should. Residents in our Villages are walking about, or arriving to have their blood pressure taken, without wearing a mask; parties involving several people are taking place; Government’s rules and regulations are being ignored, and it is apparent that there is an increasing level of non-compliance and complacency, and a decreasing level of common sense being applied. The majority continue to comply but, unwittingly or not, the minority are putting lives at risk. Yes, there is generalizing involved here, but this is not the time nor place to tip-toe around the issue. 

Recent events at Aldersgate are a case in point, and regrettably have to be singled out. Ten days ago a memorial service was held in the Aldersgate Hall (special permission granted), but CovidCom has become aware that there was singing during the service, residents hugged the bereaved, and subsequently paid visits. The bereaved husband, and his daughter, have since been tested positive for COVID-19. This now puts everyone who attended the service, or who has had contact subsequently, at risk of contracting and/or spreading the virus. These are the consequences of the situation: 

  • Any people who had contact with the bereaved at the service should ideally isolate themselves for the next 10 days, until 17 October 2020. To those affected: you know what to do; what needs to be done. It is up to you 
  • The Aldersgate Hall will be locked with immediate effect, and there will be no exceptions regarding access until at least 17 October 2020 

CovidCom met on 2 October 2020, before the Aldersgate issues were known, and the following was discussed and agreed: 

  1. Barriers between CP Bradfield and Bob Zeiss Bedsitters have been removed, allowing freedom of movement by residents and staff of those two facilities 
  2. Hairdresser Rae Smith re-opened her salon in Bob Zeiss Bedsitters on 6 October (for Bedsitter and CP Bradfield residents only) 
  3. Effective Friday 9 October 2020 the use of Halls will revert back to pre-Lockdown arrangements, subject to any remaining Government rules relating to numbers etc. Regrettably, this does not apply to the Aldersgate Hall 
  4. Several other matters were discussed, which are mainly operational in nature. 


Malcolm Stewart 
CovidCom Chairman (and on behalf of the Board, Management, our staff, and CovidCom) 

PLEASE REMEMBER: As we present new “Breaking news” or “Newsflash” bulletins, the replaced ones are being filed under the News tab, and then under the Archives:Covid-19 drop-down folder on our website. Residents and family with access to internet will then be able to pull up previous bulletins, if and when needed. 

DISCLAIMER: MHA and CovidCom are endeavouring to regularly communicate useful or necessary information to our residents, staff, and the wider MHA family, so that we can all be best prepared to confront the COVID-19 monster at our door. To the best of our ability we ensure that the material shared is reliable and accurate, but MHA cannot be held responsible for any unintended errors or inaccuracies. Please immediately bring such errors or inaccuracies to our attention, via the link.