Three HC-One care homes in the south and south-west are taking point in a testing pilot designed to facilitate family visits.
Roseland Court in Truro, Cornwall, (pictured) the winner of our Care Heroes Team Award this month, Gittisham Hill House in Honiton, Devon, and Bereweeke Court in Winchester, Hampshire, are amongst the 20 care homes taking part in the government pilot that was announced earlier this month.
Liz Whyte, Director of Standards and COVID-19 Lead at HC-One, said: “We are delighted to be involved in the Department of Health and Social Care’s pilot for testing care home visitors. This is an exciting and very welcome step. We have seen first-hand how much of a difference that testing residents and colleagues made to our response to COVID-19, and we are very pleased that testing is now being extended to care home visitors through this pilot.
“We are committed to doing everything we can to support safe visits in our care homes and we can’t wait to reunite more residents with their loved ones.”
Under the pilot, a designated visitor is given regular access to testing, combined with other control measures in place, including wearing PPE, to enable, where possible and safe to do so, indoor visits without a screen to take place between residents and their loved ones, as well as physical contact.
Participating homes are piloting the Lateral Flow Test (LFT), which provides a result within 30 minutes, and the PCR Test, which provides a swab result within a few days.