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22nd February 2021

Vaccinations update at St Luke's


The vaccination programme at St Luke's Hospital has gathered speed with all patients receiving their first Pfizer vaccination on the 23rd December.  Admissions since that time have quickly been provided with the Astra Zeneca vaccine by our GP.  For the staff team, 61 members of the team have been vaccinated, with arrangements in place for our remaining members to receive their first vaccination - some of our staff have had to wait until they were in a position to have the vaccination to ensure that they do not suffer from any side effects.  13 members of staff have now had both vaccinations.   Our colleagues in the Radiology department based at St Luke's have also received their first vaccination.

As the first nursing home to receive the Covid-19 vaccinations in the county, we are pleased that we are playing our part in helping to combat this devastating disease.

17th December 2020

St Luke’s Hospital chosen for first care home Covid vaccinations in the region


St Luke’s Hospital has been chosen as the first care home in the region to be provided with the new Covid-19 vaccination. 75 members of staff have been given the opportunity to receive the vaccination as part of the charity’s work to support the NHS through the pandemic.


In November this year, St Luke’s changed one floor of its building to accommodate patients who need dedicated recovery having had the Covid-19 virus. These patients require specialist nursing care having been initially treated at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. The new Covid-ward at St Luke’s has been made into its own isolation bubble, with its own team of staff and infection control protocols for patients and visitors.


The charity was approached by Oxfordshire County Council to provide this service, as the care home has a wealth of experience in supporting rehabilitation patients, with some of the best facilities in the South East. Before the new ward could start receiving patients, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) had to inspect and approve St Luke’s infection control procedures, making the Hospital one of the first ‘designated settings’ in the region.

Luke Ponsonby, Chair of Trustees of St Luke’s commented, “We are very proud to be working with the NHS to offer care to patients who are recovering from the Covid virus. Having the opportunity to support our staff through the Covid vaccination scheme is a huge step forward for St Luke’s. We are committed to helping our colleagues in the NHS through this crisis, and at the same time, safeguard our patients and staff. The new vaccine is going to significantly help us to keep everyone at St Luke’s


St Luke’s Hospital has also been chosen as one of 24 care homes in the country to have its own Covid-19 testing equipment. “Being able to run a test on site and get the results within four hours is a gamechanger for the charity. We are required to test our staff every week as part of our Covid-19 protocol and all our patients monthly. Having the tests available to use in-house will mean that we can test a patient who is coming to St Luke’s for one of our other nursing care services, to ensure that we keep our other patients safe from the virus,” commented Richard Burden, Chief Executive of St Luke’s.


The Charity has also been utilising a fleet of new cleaning robots within the Hospital to support its mission to protect its patient and staff population. The robots tour the facility cleaning as they move around the floor to provide an additional level of biosecurity within the building.

9th June 2020

Thank you to our community 


During this really challenging time for our community, we are so delighted to report that St Luke’s Hospital has been supported by individuals and businesses who have been so thoughtful. There cannot be one person in the UK who has not been affected in some way by the Covid-19 virus. We are of course in lockdown at St Luke’s with our team working to keep our patients as well as one another safe.


It is a lovely and very kind surprise when we receive these amazing donations out of the blue. It certainly lifts the spirits of our patients and the team when these gifts arrive at the Hospital. We want to thank each person and business who has given us a wonderful donation over the past few weeks:


Thank you to……


  • Douglas Hansen-Luke and Nikki Williams-Ellis who donated 400 visors.

  • Mark Johnstone of JSP in Minster Lovell who donated masks and spectacles.

  • Witney Freemasons donated PPE.

  • Domino’s pizza for some lovely pizza for the staff team.

  • The residents of Latimer Road, who have been very kind. In the summer, they donated baskets of fruit for the staff on each floor; one week from one side of the road and the next from the other side. At Christmas they kindly donated wrapped gifts for every resident.

  • Laura Heybrook from Dale and Heybrook Garden Designers who kindly donated her time and expertise to design the new garden areas that we are now putting in place.  


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