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Byline: JACK EVANS News Reporter

ARETIRED nurse who beat coronavirus is stranded in a respite home after medical staff lost her test results.

Marion Branton, 77, is banned from moving to a care home closer to her family because she cannot prove she is no longer infected with Covid-19.

The pensioner, who suffers from Parkinson's and dementia, moved into Norton Hall in Worcester for two weeks of respite care in March.

While she was there, she was struck down by coronavirus and was ordered to remain at the centre until she recorded a negative test result.

Despite undergoing the test earlier this month, the swabs were sent to the wrong hospital, leaving her marooned in the respite centre.

As a result, Marion is not allowed to move to Severn Heights care home in Malvern to be closer to her husband and grown-up children.

Husband Michael, 81, says: "I just want my wife to move to Severn Heights as soon as possible.

"We have been through so much as a family in the last few months - she deserves a quiet life."

Marion joined the NHS in 1964 and served as a nurse for more than 30 years.

She was tested for coronavirus on July 13 but the swab, along with seven others from the home, were lost after being sent to the wrong hospital.

They were posted to Worcestershire Royal Hospital instead of the Public Health England laboratory at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital.

Daughter Anna Branton, 52, says: "Mum needs to test negative, which I understand, before making the move to Severn Heights.

"I have communicated with Norton Hall and it's not their fault the test has been lost - they've done everything they should've done.

"My Mum has Parkinson's and dementia so it's not possible to take her to a testing facility, and the testing shouldn't have had to have been done more than once.

"She went into Norton Hall at the start of lockdown and contracted Covid-19 and made a full recovery. The staff there have been brilliant.

"Mum has given her life to helping others and when it's her turn to need help, she's not getting it."

Shelly Andon, operations director for Severn Heights, says: "We had previously tested our staff and residents as part of our routine testing and for some reason, we had swabs going missing in the post, as well as Norton Hall.

"In a batch of 70 we sent for staff and patients for routine testing, seven disappeared - these people have since been retested and were found to be negative.

"Mr Branton wants his wife moved to this home and it's dreadful that Mrs Branton's test has been lost. I really sympathise.

"We feel let down by the whole testing system and it worries me."

Mum has given her life to helping others and when it's her turn to need help, she's not getting it


| Marion Branton, left, with husband Michael

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Author:JACK EVANS News Reporter
Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Jul 26, 2020
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