Gloria Thatcher died after contracting coronavirus.(Supplied: Kerryn Spokes)ShareFacebookTwitterArticle share optionsShare this onFacebookTwitterLinkedInSend this byEmailMessengerCopy linkWhatsAppPrint contentPrint with images and other mediaPrint text onlyPrintCancelIt was meant to be a relatively straightforward hospital visit for Kerryn Spokes' mum, Mabel Gloria Thatcher, or Gloria, as she was known.Key points:Kerryn Spokes' 83-year-old mum Gloria Thatcher went to hospital with high blood pressure and ended up with coronavirusHer family claims she was not tested for coronavirus despite having cold symptomsBrunswick Private Hospital disputes claims of a lack of social distancingLast month, Mrs Thatcher was taken to John Fawkner Private Hospital for high blood pressure.On June 15, the 83-year-old grandmother was moved to Brunswick Private Hospital in Melbourne's north."Her doctor in John Fawkner hospital also works at Brunswick Private and asked for her to be moved to Brunswick Private for rehabilitation," Ms Spokes told 7.30.It was at Brunswick Private that Ms Spokes and her family became uncomfortable with what they saw as a lack of COVID-safe measures at a physiotherapy session, at the start of Melbourne's second wave."My niece Amy went in to see my mum," Ms Spokes explained."Patients were sitting in a circle, chair to chair, no social distancing. Also, a lot of the other staff weren't wearing masks."I thought it was horrifying."Brunswick Private Hospital is part of the Healthe Care group, the third largest private hospital operator in Australia."I really don't understand," Ms Spokes said. "You put people into a hospital to get better. And they should know all the rules."For the latest news on the COVID-19 pandemic follow our live updates.Not tested for COVID-19 Gloria Thatcher, centre front, with her family.(Supplied: Kerryn Spokes)Ms Spokes also claimed her mother was not tested for coronavirus while in hospital, despite having cold symptoms."That just makes me very, very angry," Ms Spokes told 7.30."There are nurses that are meant to be in her room every day. There are doctors there, surely they could have picked up a runny nose and a really hoarse throat."Brunswick Private told 7.30 there was nothing in Mrs Thatcher's medical record to suggest this, nor were concerns raised by medical practitioners, or the family, at the time.Two days after her mother was discharged, Ms Spokes heard on the news that the hospital was the centre of a COVID cluster that soon grew to at least 22 staff and patients."I was horrified. So I rang my mum and dad straight away. I asked if they had been contacted by the hospital and they said no," Ms Spokes said."I got onto [Brunswick Private's] social media,
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