Relatives and friends of residents will be aware from the media that the testing of all visitors will soon enable care homes to start accepting visitors indoors, conditional upon a negative test result and subject to testing capacity and to local guidance.
We are currently awaiting access to essential training for our staff to enable this to begin as well as the arrival of testing kits. In the meantime we are setting up a safe operation for carrying out visitor testing. We will update this announcement and inform families of residents as soon as we are in a position to resume indoor visits.
Please be aware that visits to any individual home will continue to be subject to the Covid-19 status in the home and any local restrictions that are in place.
We have been advised that vaccines will also start to be released shortly. It will take time for the vaccines to reach us, and it will require a good deal of preparation on our part and appropriate consent in place for all concerned but we are every bit as keen as you to have this rolled out to all our homes at the earliest possible time. Please check our website for regular updates before calling our homes as this will allow our staff to focus on putting the new procedures in place.
We endeavour to always be compassionate in our response to Covid-19 and we are pleased to be able to continue to offer visits to homes where visiting pods or alternative arrangements are in place whilst working within local guidance. External visits, weather permitting, are still possible.