Kate Allen – Autism at Kingwood supporting people out of hospital settings
It was a sad start to the week with Bank Holiday Monday marking 10 years since the Winterbourne View abuse scandal was shown on BBC’s Panorama. With more than 2,000 people still receiving treatment within inpatient units there is much more to be done – and more is being done at Autism at Kingwood.
We have begun life-changing work for autistic people in Wiltshire. Having enabled a successful transitional move for a Wiltshire-funded autistic lady last week from hospital to her new home, Wiltshire also this week supported our plans to enable a young autistic lady with complex needs to move from hospital to a community setting. Whilst 2 out of 2,000 is not enough, for those two individuals and their families this is everything.
The Bank Holiday sunshine was however a pleasant treat and finally we appear to be leaping into summer, with the longest day of the year on 21st June less than three weeks away. It has been a hard year for many and hopefully this summer at last, people can take some time out to relax. It has been fabulous to see people we support enjoying the brand new Kingwood holiday caravan at Hardwick Parks in Witney. The prices this year are incredibly low at £80 for a short break and £140 for the week, so that we can encourage and enable as many people as possible to take a break.
Although Covid cases are increasing across the country, there was a landmark day this week where there were no Covid deaths – for the first time since March 2020. We are encouraging and recommending staff complete the swab tests each week and send them off. We also registered last month to become a workplace for rapid lateral flow testing. Unfortunately there are ongoing delays in that registration so we have issued a request to staff that they make arrangements to get their own lateral flow tests and conduct them weekly whilst we try to resolve the supply issue from the Department of Health & Social Care. We are also writing to relatives to suggest that a lateral flow test once a week, preferably before visiting, would be a sensible measure to take to help minimise transmission rates.
We have no reported cases of Covid amongst people we support or staff this week.