Leading care home provider, Springfield Healthcare, has joined a research project aiming to accelerate the time it takes to diagnose COVID-19.
Springfield’s Seacroft Grange Care Village in Leeds is taking part in the COVID-19 National DiagnOstic Research and Evaluation Platform (CONDOR) project in association with University of Nottingham, which seeks to provide test results within just over an hour.
Adam Gordon, Professor of Care of Older People at the University of Nottingham and Care Home Lead for the CONDOR project, said: “The technologies that we’re testing as part of CONDOR have never been used in care homes before. If successful they could give us results of COVID tests within just over an hour.
“This could help make care homes much safer during the pandemic and allow us to take important steps to improve residents’ quality of life, such as opening up visiting more widely. We are extremely grateful to the team at Springfield Healthcare for helping us with this important and pioneering work.”
Springfield Healthcare’s Chief Nursing Officer, Cyd Akrill, added: “We are very proud to be taking part in this research which will potentially benefit so many people in the care sector and ultimately aims to improve residents’ wellbeing through increased possibilities for visiting and activities in the homes. We are grateful to have had the resources available to us to do so; thank you to the team that have worked so hard with this project.”
The care home operator expressed its gratitude to Dr Paterson, a relative of one of its residents and a retired consultant physician, for his incredible support for the CONDOR programme at Seacroft Grange as well as his contributions to sister home Mayfield View during the pandemic.
Cyd said: “Dr Paterson has been so supportive during the last few months and his knowledge and expertise has been greatly appreciated. He has now joined us on the CONDOR project which we are thrilled about.”