Two deaths at virus-hit home

Templemore Care Home, Harlestone Road.
Templemore Care Home, Harlestone Road.

The county coroner is looking into the deaths of two people from a Northampton care home following an outbreak of winter vomiting.

Health officials said 37 residents and 15 staff at the Templemore Care Home in Harlestone Road, Dallington have been treated for diarrhoea and vomiting since the weekend.

It is understood that two residents died - one on Sunday after being taken to Northampton General Hospital and one at the care home in the early hours of Monday - after suffering the same symptoms.

Yesterday the office of Anne Pember, the county coroner, said a post mortem examination had been completed on one person who died of natural causes, which may include the effects of winter vomiting. The second post mortem has yet to be completed.

It is understood that East Midlands Ambulance Service were called to Templemore in the early hours of Monday to treat a resident with winter vomiting disease.

But it became apparent that dozens of residents also had symptoms. Four ambulances, a fast response car and a doctor attended and while they were there one of the ill residents died. It later emerged that a resident had died the previous day at NGH and hospital staff raised the alarm.

Angela Hunt, of B&M Care Homes, which runs Templemore, said hygiene measures were being taken, including confining residents to their rooms and daily updates were being given to the public health authority.

Doctors warn anyone with symptoms of winter vomiting – also called norovirus – not to visit hospitals or care homes.