image copyright NG Healthcare image caption NG Healthcare has 155 beds and employs around 650 people
The director of a nursing home company that has lost 34 residents to the coronavirus has said that 'he "asks what we could have done differently " each day.
Phil Lloyd, of NG Healthcare in Stoke-on-Trent, said their loss had impacted every memember of staff.
He also said he knew exactly how Covid -19 got into the five centers he runs at the same site in town.
But he added that it would not have been possible to prevent all deaths.
The first death at their 155-bed site occurred on April 9, 2020.
"Two residents who were in hospital for other reasons caught Covid while they were there and then were sent back to us and it spread enough quickly.
"When residents entered our home [early 2020] our nursing staff were not wearing masks because the government said they weren't necessary ".
Now all staff wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other safety measures are in place at a cost of £ 22,000 per week , but he said: "I don't know if it could have been avoided.
" This is a whole new disease and in 38 years of nursing I have never nothing like this. "
Mr. Lloyd didn 't blame the government and said it was initially difficult to get possession of PPE, the care home was never without.
And it pointed out that many of its residents have weak immune systems and that zero deaths would never realistically be possible.
image copyright NG Healthcare image caption Phil Lloyd, director of care at NG Healthcare said the 34 deaths affected everyone there
The advice was offered to his staff and he said: "I've always been told not to get attached to patients, but you have to be cruel enough not to.
The 55-year-old lost his own father to coronavirus and his mother, who underwent chemotherapy, caught it twice.
He even has it caught himself, but said he 'sThis was a mild case and none of the people working at the site had been seriously ill with Covid-19.
But Mr Lloyd said the figures published by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to show the number of coronavirus deaths in each care home should be put in context and pointed out that NG Healthcare is the largest care complex in Stoke-on-Trent.
And he said this while he said all the deaths are very sad, the size of their operation, which is rated Good by CQC , should be taken into account if comparisons are made.
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