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Sheffield care home becomes one of the first to adopt innovative infection control technology

A Sheffield care home is one of the first in the country to use an innovative new infection control data platform.

Norton Lees Hall and Lodge, based on Warminster Road, adopted the Gather Care technology to help staff at the home identify and understand trends in infection, with the aim of reducing transmission.

Gather Care is a unique data capture platform specifically aimed at the nursing and care home industry. It enables care workers, care managers, clinicians and operators to identify the early warning signs of outbreaks of colds, flu, viruses and infectious outbreaks, including COVID-19.

Lydia Hardie, registered manager at Norton Lees Hall and Lodge, said: “We have been using the Gather Care system for a little while now and I have been really impressed with our experience so far.

“The technology is very easy to understand and it will really help us to create a picture of how outbreaks affect our residents. It will also help us to identify trends to better understand the transmission of infection within a care home setting, or in our local area.
“By using this system, it allows our staff to identify trigger points and will help us to prevent potential outbreaks in the future.”

Hugo Spalding, managing director of Gather Care, said: “I’m pleased to hear that Norton Lees Hall and Lodge are seeing the benefits of this new and exciting technology.
“The Gather Care system has been designed to enable care homes to identify and curtail infections. This can be anything from the common cold to much more serious viruses like COVID-19.

“By entering data into the system, it allows staff to compare the results to other Gather Care users across the country, essentially creating a virtual support system. By comparing data, this can help a home to spot a pattern of increasing infection and will enable them to make informed decisions on which preventative measures must be taken.”