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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

'I missed Mum's death by seconds because of care home Covid rules'

'I missed Mum's death by seconds because of care home Covid rules'

A woman, Natasha Hamilton, testified at the Scottish Covid Inquiry that she missed her mother's final moments in a care home due to Covid restrictions during the pandemic.

Her mother, Anne Duke, who had dementia, died on November 13, 2021, at the age of 63. Natasha Hamilton had to undergo a Covid test and "wait her turn" to visit her mother, only to arrive seconds too late to say a final farewell.

Her mother's cause of death was listed as Alzheimer's and pneumonia. Hamilton emphasized that dementia "destroyed" her mother, and she cherished the moments she spent with her before the pandemic.

The inquiry also heard from Campbell Duke, Hamilton's father, who felt that care home residents were kept "under lock and key" during the pandemic. He criticized the unsatisfactory nature of "garden visits" that took place in a car park, away from the pavement, with no privacy.

The inquiry aims to establish the facts of Scotland's response to the pandemic and identify lessons for future public health emergencies.

Hamilton and her family are advocating for "Anne's law," named after Anne Duke, to be passed in full and incorporated into national standards. The proposed law would address issues related to care home visitation during health crises.

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