Our residents had a wonderful Christmas. We would have loved the home to be full of visitors but sadly that was not to be.
On 22nd December I received a call to put all staff on standby for vaccinations to take place on either 23rd or 24th December. Sadly these did not transpire, but with the news about the Oxford vaccine I am hopeful that our residents and staff will be first in line from next week.
However, we did get a Christmas message from the Department of Health to advise that Lateral Flow Tests should be performed on all staff twice a week in addition to the weekly PCR tests. This email was received late on 23rd December.
This is an enormous logistical challenge, but of course we support anything that can be done to minimise the risk of an outbreak coming into the home. Testing is key to this, however, the administration that is required alongside this in terms of recording results has not been thought out. To explain I have made this video.
Yesterday the Department of Health announced that for two weeks care homes do not have to log in all results - only positive results, but in less than two weeks we are expected to log in all Lateral Flow Tests, for all staff (twice a week) and all visitors.
This video explains the challenges we face...