The NHS is investigating a complaint over the discharge of three patients to a care home who tested positive for coronavirus.
Minster Care, which runs Cheaney Court in Desborough, said three patients who were discharged from Kettering General Hospital and a hospice on its grounds with COVID-free discharge papers had later tested positive at the care home.
A spokesperson for Cheaney Court said: “It is our policy that we require written confirmation of a negative COVID-19 test before any resident is admitted. As a further precaution, all incoming residents are placed in isolation and we also carry out our own tests. On three occasions, positive results have been received for COVID-19. The three affected residents remain in isolation and medical advice is, happily, that they are likely to recover.”
Lynda Goodman, whose husband Alex is a resident at Cheaney Court, has lodged a complaint which is being investigated by the hospital.
Kettering General Hospital’s Medical Director, Prof Andrew Chilton, said: “We cannot comment about individual patient cases in a care home for confidentiality reasons.
“We can clarify what processes are followed by Kettering General Hospital in line with national guidance.
“We test all inpatients for COVID-19 on admission to hospital and again within 48 hours of discharge into residential care.
“For patients who test negative, and don’t have COVID symptoms, we recommend that receiving care homes continue isolation for 14 days from the date of discharge.
“This is because COVID may not show on test results during the incubation phase. The guidelines we are following have been agreed by the Northamptonshire health and social care system and are in line with national guidance.”
While noting that it used the best tests available, a spokesman for the hospital noted these were only 75% accurate with false positives and negatives occurring.