Balhousie Care Group is introducing thermal imaging cameras in its 25 care homes to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

By detecting a person’s body temperature, the Hikvision technology is able to trigger alerts when someone is entering the building with COVID-19 symptoms.

The £7k investment per home will ensure Balhousie is able to monitor staff temperatures more rigorously.

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As well as the introduction of the new technology, all staff are wearing protective PPE and following rigorous infections control procedures. All non-essential visits to care homes within the Group were suspended on March 11.

Jill Kerr, Group Chief Executive Officer at Balhousie Care Group, said: “While continuing to follow advice from Scottish Care and the Scottish Government, we wanted to ensure we were taking every possible precautionary measure to do everything we can to protect our staff and residents and keep the virus out of our homes as much as we can. The Hikvision cameras are a highly effective way to monitor temperatures and we hope they will reassure our staff and residents that their health and wellbeing is our first priority.”

Scott Davis, Regional Manager, Hikvision UK, said: “We are pleased our products could provide a preliminary screening solution. Technology coupled with good hygiene practice definitely has a support role to play during these challenging times. We also really appreciate how the installation by McKenna Fire and Security was managed quickly and professionally making optimal use of the equipment.”

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