13 dementia patients saved from coronavirus by hero nurse who worked through ...

Thirteen dementia patients at care home are SAVED despite showing coronavirus symptoms after hero nurse who worked through swine flu crisis uses her experience to contain the outbreak by 'zoning' the pensioners Maria Spollin became a specialist in advanced life support during swine flu crisis Her expertise saved 13 dementia patients at Church Farm Skylarks, Nottingham Retired Army Brigadier Peter Stevenson was the first resident to catch the virus He recovered and celebrated his 86th birthday as the home became virus free  Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

By Sam Baker For Mailonline

Published: 00:58 BST, 1 May 2020 | Updated: 07:01 BST, 1 May 2020

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A hero nurse who worked through the swine flu crisis has saved the lives of 13 dementia patients.

Maria Spollin runs the Church Farm at Skylarks in West Bridgford, Nottingham, where she helped 13 residents recover from coronavirus.

Five of the 50 residents tested positive for the virus on March 22 and eight more showed symptoms.

Maria worked for 20 years at Glenfield Hospital, Leicester, and during the 2009 swine flu epidemic and she used those experiences to help her dementia patients.

Maria Spollin (pictured) saved the lives of 13 dementia patients at Church Farm at Skylarks after utilising advanced life support knowledge she learnt during the 2009 swine flu epidemic

Maria Spollin (pictured) saved the lives of 13 dementia patients at Church Farm at Skylarks after utilising advanced life support knowledge she learnt during the 2009 swine flu epidemic

Five of the 50 residents tested positive for the virus on March 22 and eight more showed symptoms

Five of the 50 residents tested positive for the virus on March 22 and eight more showed symptoms

Maria said: “It was a very difficult decision to make, weighing up the consequences if someone had not got the virus but were contained with people who had got the virus, I was potentially putting them at risk.”

She added that she was ‘relieved’ her actions saved the patients and she was proud of her team.

Elderly people are most at risk of coronavirus but as of April 23 all 13 patients had fully recovered and the care home was declared virus free.

During her time at Glenfield

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