Brendan is our 600th COVID-19 patient to recover and be discharged from hospital
Brendan Caffery, 52, from Blackley is the 600th patient to be successfully treated and discharged from the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group.
Mr Caffery, who is married with two daughters, has just been discharged from Fairfield General Hospital in Bury, back to the care home where he is being looked after to continue his recovery from COVID-19.
The Northern Care Alliance NHS Group (NCA) is one of the largest NHS organisations in the country, bringing together Salford Royal and Pennine Acute Trusts, and runs four hospitals and community services in Salford, Oldham, Bury and Rochdale.
Mr Caffery (pictured right) was taken to Fairfield General Hospital after he was taken ill at the care home he is resident at. Because he has been living with Parkinson’s Disease for the last 10 years, and the fact that he was very poorly when brought into hospital, Mr Caffery’s family feared the worst.
However, thanks to the amazing care he received at Fairfield General Hospital, Mr Caffery defied all the odds, made a full recovery, and following some physiotherapy, has now returned to his care home. He is receiving respite care there while his own home is being remodelled to accommodate his mobility needs.
Wife Julie said: “I would like to say the care Brendan has received has been absolutely phenomenal. The doctors and nurses at Fairfield General Hospital have done and amazing job, and the care and time they spent with him has made the world of difference.”
Despite Mr Caffery being unable to speak due to his condition, he was able to keep in touch with his family via an iPad whilst in isolation. The iPad was donated to him by nurses and staff on the hospital’s acute stroke team who have raised funds to help COVID-19 patients stay in touch with their families.
Wife Julie said: “It was a big issue for Brendan when he found out he had COVID-19 and had to go into isolation as we are all really close. The fact that he was given a free iPad by nurses and staff on the acute stoke ward, who have raised funds themselves, was brilliant. It has allowed us to be there with him every step of the way.”
Dr Shona McCallum, Medical Director at Fairfield General Hospital, said:
“Mr Caffery is an inspiration to us all. This is such a great outcome. We are delighted for him and his family that he has been able to be discharged from hospital to carry on with his recovery. To be our 600th patient to be discharged from our hospitals across our NCA Group is an extra special aspect to this good news story. It is a testament to our fantastic staff who have continued to show their skill, commitment, courage and compassion throughout.
“The fact that his wife and family were able to keep in touch whilst he was in isolation through ipads donated by money raised by our staff is fantastic and makes his story so much more special and meaningful.
“It was a pleasure to do our bit and help him as best as we could to recover from this terrible disease. He is a true fighter and we wish him and his family all the very best for the future.”
Leona Harris, who works on the Covid-19 Isolation ward at Fairfield General Hospital, has been leading a #staytogether campaign with the support of her husband Nick to raise money to purchase tablet computers to enable those affected by the illness to maintain contact with their families whilst in hospital.
The campaign was inspired by the devastating impact of the on-going lockdown she has witnessed, as family and friends are restricted from visiting patients, in order to prevent spread of infection.
She said: "When someone is admitted to hospital they are isolated from the moment they arrive on a ward, and that isolation extends to their family who have no further contact, or very limited contact, with their loved ones.”
The couple's campaign comes after a similar appeal was launched by nurses, doctors and other members of the Acute Stroke Unit team at Fairfield General Hospital. Their appeal has raised enough money for five iPads - two of which will go to wards 20 and 21, two to the Stroke Rehabilitation Unit, and another to the Acute Stroke Unit.
You can watch a short video of Brendan using one of the iPads to talk to his family below: