Care home director Patrick Atkinson, left, and Maria Spollin with resident Peter Stevenson, 86 (Image: Daily Express)
Maria Spollin, 50, managed to keep all of her patients safe after 13 fell ill. Five residents at Church Farm at Skylarks, in West Bridgford, Notts, tested positive for coronavirus on March 22, while eight more displayed symptoms. As we reported in Thursday's Daily Express all 13 were immediately isolated within the home, while devastated relatives were warned their loved-ones' lives were in severe danger.
A team of 18 staff members volunteered to work exclusively in the isolation zone, which saw beds placed in a communal lounge area.
Due to the residents' condition, keeping each person isolated in their own bedroom would have been impossible.
Against all odds, not only did all 13 survive but the virus was prevented from spreading to the remaining 37 residents.
Maria said: "We decided that anybody who was showing symptoms should be isolated, and once the first patient showed signs of a