You can now apply for coronavirus testing kits to test the residents and staff in a care home. The test is only available in England.
The care homes can now apply whether or not any of its residents or staff have coronavirus symptoms. They may need to contact the local health protection team (HPT) - for example, to let them know about a suspected new outbreak.
At the moment, you can only get tests if your care home looks after older people or people with dementia.
Please click the link to get started:
Who can make the Application?
To apply, you need to be the care home manager who’s registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
You can also apply if you’re a Local Director of Public Health or one of their representatives.
What you need to apply
What the test involves
The test involves taking a swab of the inside of your resident’s or staff member’s nose and the back of their throat, using a long cotton bud.
This test only tells you if you have coronavirus at the time of taking the test. It doesn’t tell you if you’ve ever had coronavirus in the past.
CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO KNOW MORE ABOUT GETTING TESTED: