Award winning Scottish care home provider Balhousie Care Group has trialled its own rapid testing solution after suffering months of delays in awaiting results.
The solution, which is based on a software system run by Test Assurance Group (TAG), provides test results within 30 minutes.
The trials, which are being run in parallel with mass testing at Balhousie’s homes, have been launched after Balhousie voiced its frustration at weekly PCR swab tests which have seen delays of four to seven days and hundreds of results not returned.
Jill Kerr, Group Chief Executive Officer of Balhousie Care Group, said: “Since schools and universities returned at the end of August, we have experienced significant issues with delays and non-return of tests. We have been in regular contact with the Scottish Government to share our frustrations and propose solutions to these issues, including rapid response testing using later flow devices (LFDs).”
The group, which operates 26 facilities across Scotland, is halfway through a four-week trial of rapid anti-gen, LFD tests among 100 care staff at its Balhousie St Ronans in Dundee and Balhousie Wheatlands in Bonnybridge.
The trials are being held as the Scottish Government launched the roll-out of lateral flow device testing for care home visits this week.