Eothen makes headlines with new research findings

Our homes have hit the headlines again!

We are part of a trial to see if air filtering could help reduce cases of illnesses like cold, flu and COVID-19 in care homes.

The AFRI-C trial is being led out of Bristol University, but each of the our three homes is taking part in the study and has state-of-the-art air filtration units – which look a bit like a giant smart speaker – around the premises.

We work in partnership with Newcastle University to enhance research in care home settings, while involvement in this study comes through the homes’ part in the ENRICH Network – a national initiative that brings together care home staff, residents and researchers to support the design and delivery of research that can improve the quality of life, treatments, and care for residents.

It is funded and developed by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR), and in the North East it is supported by the local clinical research network.

Whitley Bay home manager Lisa Wilson said: “As a home, we’ve got on board with ENRICH. They are where involvement in something like this comes from, and they will involve us in things like this.

“This comes out of having worked through Covid but also from the fact we always see increases in infections picked up through the winter. And that’s why we thought this study would be something good to get on. All three Eothen homes are part of it.”

Read more here: https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/health/tyneside-care-homes-testing-air-28111667