St Mary's Court Care Home, Braintree, Essex

Updated 11th November 2020.

The health, safety and wellbeing of our residents and staff team are always our top priority. We have therefore put in place comprehensive plans to ensure a robust response to the coronavirus outbreak in the UK. Our plans are being kept under regular review and updated as advised by the Government, Public Health England and associated advisory bodies.

This page details some of the steps we have taken in St Mary’s Court and The New Deanery Care Homes. This information is intended for our residents, their family and friends, our staff team, and any other potential visitors to our care homes.

For comprehensive information about the coronavirus itself, please visit

Visiting The New Deanery or St Mary’s Court

Please click here to find out more about our arrangements for family and social visits.

Protecting our residents and staff team

Our staff team observe strict infection control precautions, including the use of appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). We have good supplies of PPE, including face masks which are being routinely worn for all care and support.

Visits from the local community and external entertainment into the homes are suspended for the foreseeable future.  Our activities team works across the seven day week, and they have successfully adapted their programme to offer a diverse range of pastimes and activities whilst promoting social distancing. We are also making full use of our extensive grounds.

We have adapted our mini-bus outings to short rides to the countryside and local beauty spots, where residents can enjoy a change of scenery and a short walk if they wish without fear of breaching social distancing guidance. Other than this, residents are being asked to stay on site. The only reason for leaving site being to attend medical appointments or for urgent medical care.

Our coronavirus outbreak leadership team meets weekly as a minimum to review the measures we have in place, the latest government guidance, and to agree any new actions required.

We have been overwhelmed by the fabulous support we have received, and take this opportunity to sincerely thank our team, and our residents and their loved ones.

If you have comments or questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Sonnet Care Homes key contacts:

Julia Clinton, CEO
Sonnet Care Homes

Terri Pike, Home Manager,
St Mary’s Court

Jane Sadowski, Home Manager,
The New Deanery