Currently COVID-FREE

It is with mixed feelings that we announce The Croft is now officially “COVID-19 Free” after three weeks of outstanding effort and dedicated care by our team to contain the virus and limit its impact.   

This morning we received test results for the two residents who had tested positive for COVID-19 14 days ago.  Today they were confirmed as COVID-19 negative.  Since we have no other symptomatic residents or staff, we have been confirmed as COVID-FREE by Public Health England and other health professionals. 

On the one hand, we are all very pleased to have achieved this milestone, and contained the virus.  Four residents and one staff member tested as positive for COVID-19 during our Confirmed Outbreak.  We understand this represents a feat of containment.  Many homes have not been so lucky in limiting the spread of the virus in this way. 

On the other hand, we are devastated at having lost one of our residents to the virus.  This resident was our first confirmed case, who tested positive for the virus on admission to hospital for an apparently unrelated health condition.  That person died one week later in hospital and we continue to feel the burden and sadness of that loss. 

Despite achieving a COVID-FREE status, for the time being, we will be maintaining our highest levels of infection control at The Croft.  We also aim to implement another batch of resident and staff testing in the near future.  Those tests have been booked and, assuming they are all negative as expected, it will provide us all with additional peace of mind. 

We would like to pay tribute to our amazing team of staff who have excelled at maintaining the highest standards of care and infection control.  Their dedication and bravery in the face of a real threat to their own health has been an inspiration.  This also goes for the small team of agency staff from Ocean Healthcare, who have been with us through our Outbreak.

There have also been many people externally who have offered us encouragement and support, and who all deserve our thanks.  We would like to give a special mention to our residents’ loved ones, for their unconditional and enthusiastic support.  As well as the Newton Abbot Community Nursing Team, who have gone above and beyond to provide us with additional resources and the help we have needed during our Outbreak.  Thanks everyone. 

Any press enquiries should be directed to Simon Spiller, Registered Provider, on 07501 465119.  Press enquiries will not be taken on The Croft’s landline.


  1. Heather Noon on 13th May 2020 at 8:20 pm

    That is such good news for all your residents and staff. A huge relief and achievement – hard won. Must be so rewarding to have it officially confirmed that all your efforts have paid off.

  2. Richard Haines on 13th May 2020 at 8:28 pm

    Extremely well done to you all at the Croft.
    Keep up the really good work

  3. Brett Hodge on 14th May 2020 at 7:56 am

    Great news Simon and Caroline❣️

  4. Claire O'Brien (Ocean Healthcare) on 14th May 2020 at 9:11 am

    Brilliant news. Thank you for sharing this David and our carers have all stated how safe they have felt.

  5. Melvyn Webber on 14th May 2020 at 11:45 am

    Well done to you all at the Croft for a supreme effort in containing the Virus.

  6. Mirce Knezevic on 14th May 2020 at 12:26 pm

    Congratulations for the current successful state. Keep going with a good work which is beneficial to the patients and awarding to the staff. All the best, Mirce

  7. Carolyn McClure on 14th May 2020 at 6:27 pm

    My heartfelt thanks for doing your level-best to take good care of everyone under such challenging conditions. Best wishes to you all, Carolyn

  8. Graham Clay on 3rd June 2020 at 8:06 pm

    Fantastic news and very well done to all the magnificent staff and owners at The Croft

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