Care home staff and residents to be given regular coronavirus tests
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said on Friday that staff in care homes will be tested weekly, while residents will receive a test every 28 days as part of a new social care testing strategy.
This is in addition to intensive testing in any care home facing an outbreak or at increased risk of a flare-up, it added.
The repeat testing programme will be rolled out to all care homes for the over-65s and those with dementia which have registered to receive retesting over the next four weeks before expanding to the entire care home sector from August.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said:
Our response to this global pandemic has always been led by the latest scientific advice from world-class experts, and we will now offer repeat testing to staff and residents in care homes, starting with homes for elderly residents before expanding to the entire care home sector.
This will not only keep residents and care workers safe, but it will give certainty and peace of mind to the families who may be worried about their loved ones, and give staff the confidence to do what they do best.”