Discharge into care homes: designated settings- It finally recognises the 90 day issue i.e. do not repeat a positive test within 90 days. This is an exception to the instruction to test everyone within 48 hrs of discharge.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) lateral flow testing of visitors in care homes … along with the government guidance we have written a Derbyshire statement on LFD testing in Care Homes
Testing updates including the following (Nov2020):
- Planning for testing over Christmas
- New improvement: 119 Coronavirus Contact Centre for care home
- Final call: Return recalled Randox test
- Reminder: Summary of useful link
- Reminder: Sign up to attend our weekly testing webinars
DHSC- COVID-19: management of staff and exposed patients or residents in health and social care settings
NHS Video of how to collect a covid self-swab.
Derbyshire Testing Update May2020- Home testing for all staff and residents
DHSC- How to take a combined nose and throat swab for COVID-19 (video)
Apply for coronavirus testing kits to test the residents and staff of your care home. This testing is currently only available in England and you can apply whether or not any of your residents or staff have coronavirus symptoms. At the moment, you can only get tests if your care home looks after older people or people with dementia.
Apply for coronavirus tests for a care home
If you think your care home has a coronavirus outbreak or recognises it has its first potential symptomatic case or cases of COVID19 but no one has been tested yet, your local health protection team will carry out the first tests. You should contact the local PHE Health Protection Team (HPT) on 0344 225 4524 Option 1 PHE Health Protection Team (HPT) will contact DHU Healthcare who will arrange for testing of symptomatic patients
For more information and advice on symptoms please go to https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Are you a key worker and currently self-isolating because either you or a member of your household is showing symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19), or do you line manage a colleague who is currently self-isolating for the same reason?
DHSC- Link for staff testing
PLEASE REMEMBER THE TEST IS ONLY VIABLE UP TO FIVE DAYS AFTER A PATIENT FIRST SHOWS SYMPTOMS. IT IS OF GREAT IMPORTANCE THAT YOU BEGIN THE PROCESS OF REQUESTING A TEST WITHOUT ANY DELAY, IDEALLY FROM DAY ONE OF SHOWING SYMPTOMS