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Covid: Care home visitors to trial regular testing

Covid: Care home visitors to trial regular testing


People visiting relatives and friends in care homes will be able to access regular coronavirus testing
as part of a trial, the government has announced.


A new pilot in England will see screening rolled out across 20 care homes in Hampshire, Devon
and Cornwall.


Other regions will see regular tests before Christmas, the government said.


Tests for one family member or friend for each resident could end restrictions on visits, when used
with other measures such as face coverings.


Announcing the trial, which begins next week, Health Secretary Matt Han**** said he
acknowledged how "heartbreaking restricting visits to care homes has been" for both residents
and their loved ones.


He added: "By respecting social distancing and staying at home as much as possible we will help
reunite families and friends with loved ones in care homes as quickly as possible."


The Alzheimer's Society praised ministers for recognising their calls over "the integral role that
family carers play in supporting their loved ones with dementia" but worried the change in
approach could have come too late for some.


The charity said: "We worry it is too little too late for the desperate families who have been
waiting eight months to visit their loved ones.


"The promise of care home visitors being at the front of the line to get more ring-fenced tests
as the new ones become available must fast become reality."


"We have to recognise the terrible mental health toll on people with dementia simply giving up
on life as well as on the many thousands of grieving families who haven't been able to be with
their loved ones in their last months, weeks and days, and who will never be able to get that
precious time back."


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