With the Coronavirus pandemic still ongoing, we are doing all we can to keep our Service Users and staff safe. We’ve put several steps in place for everyone during this time and are always looking for ways to improve our safety procedures – such as our home testing program.
We’ve managed to order 1,000 home tests kits for our Care staff, and more will follow, enabling our Care teams to test weekly. We expect the testing kits to be available for the Care Teams from January.
Why do we think is home testing important?
- It will safeguard our staff and Service Users from COVID-19 exposure
- Minimise disruption to our Service Users and our staff members
- Reduce the number of staff having to self-isolate
- Help identify those who have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19
What does a home test entail?
The first step in taking a coronavirus test involves taking a swab of the nose and the throat. You can get someone to help you or do it yourself. If you’re worried about taking a home test, you can watch a video explaining how to swab yourself for the test successfully.
How long do the results take?
Most people get their result the next day but it can take up to 3 days.
Find out more information about COVID-19 testing on the gov.uk website
We are continuously reviewing our safety measures in place, for both Service Users and staff. If you’d like to find out more information please contact the office today.