COVID-19 (Corona virus) UPDATE

Smallbrook Care Home

The safety and wellbeing of our residents, relatives and staff is our first priority and we regularly update procedures related to Covid-19 to provide the very best and safest service following latest guidance from the Government and Public Health England (PHE).

The Government are now rolling out Lateral Flow Tests (“LFT”) for use in Care Homes to enable safe visiting which is really positive news and we are awaiting some outstanding guidance on offering these tests at our Homes. LFT will be done weekly for residents and twice-weekly for staff with results available in approximately 30 minutes. Whilst we may not receive these tests before 18th December, we’re already developing our visiting plans.

You may have also heard the MRHA have approved the Pfizer / BioNtech vaccine and hopefully the Oxford vaccine will follow shortly and we await further information as to when this will be made available to our residents and staff. We will of course encourage all residents and staff to have the vaccine to help us to return to normality. We will keep you advised as soon as we have any further information.