By Sam Baker For Mailonline
Published: 00:58 BST, 1 May 2020 | Updated: 07:01 BST, 1 May 2020
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
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