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Relatives express regret and speak out at St Basil’s inquest

Steve Trimbos fought back tears in Victoria's Coroners Court on Thursday, revealing the guilt he feels over his parents' deaths from COVID-19 following the outbreak at St Basil's aged care home in Fawkner.

St Basil’s operators face coronial inquest

The operators of a Melbourne nursing home that was ravaged by a COVID-19 outbreak have formally requested to be excused from giving evidence at an inquest.

Inquest witness says St Basil’s operators not testifying would be ‘slap in the face’

A woman whose mother died from COVID-19 after living at St Basil's says excusing the nursing home's operators from an inquest would be a "slap in the face". 

Inquest hears St Basil’s residents transferred to hospital ‘malnourished and dehydrated’

Residents from a Melbourne aged care home struck by COVID-19 appeared malnourished, dehydrated and "barely conscious" after being transferred to a hospital, an inquest has been told.

St Basil’s surge workforce lacked deadline

An inquest has heard there was no deadline for deciding whether it was possible to source an adequate replacement workforce at a Melbourne aged home struck by COVID-19.

Private beds transfer not considered for St Basils residents, despite ready availability

Evacuating residents of a Melbourne aged care home hit by COVID-19 to private hospitals was never seriously considered despite hundreds of beds being available, an inquest has heard.

Inquest told nurse boss advised against St Basil’s evacuation

The nation's chief nursing and midwifery officer initially advised against a wholesale evacuation of a coronavirus-hit Victorian aged care home a week before it was shut down, an inquest has heard.

Nurse tells inquest St Basil’s emergency staff handover was ‘chaos’

A former nurse at a Victorian aged care home where 45 residents died of COVID-19 has told an inquest she could never bring herself to work in the industry again.

St Basil’s inquest told Sutton had big knowledge gap

Counsel assisting the inquest into a COVID-19 outbreak at a Melbourne aged care home will submit that Victoria's chief health officer had a big knowledge gap when he directed its workforce to furlough.

Inquest told St Basil’s resident a ‘breathing skeleton’

Jakov Pucar was like a "breathing skeleton" when he was admitted to hospital after he wasn't fed properly and contracted COVID-19 at his Melbourne aged care home, an inquest has been told.

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