We asked the MD of a leading private care homes in Oxfordshire what the impact has been on his staff following the Covid-19 Testing we have done with him on a monthly basis over 3 months.
“When reflecting on how we might have done things differently over the last few months, one thing stands out clearly. Accurate, routine testing is and will remain key! This goes for both antigen and antibody testing. Picking up on a carrier asap and isolating them, is key to stemming the spread. Given such a high proportion of carriers were asymptomatic the benefits of routine antigen tests are clear.
With regard to the antibody tests, knowing who has had the virus and now clear has a multitude of benefits too. It allows us to identify designated carers, known have immunity, to provide care for residents that are positive or symptomatic as opposed to exposing other carers to a possible risk unnecessarily. It provides reassurance and confidence for staff members to be on the premises and carry out their vital roles, knowing they have some degree of immunity, as opposed to isolating unnecessarily or being so tentative in their presence and care delivery that care itself compromised. A major issue at the height of all this was staff members isolating the moment a positive resident was identified and Homes very suddenly having access to a skeleton workforce whilst trying to provide and even more rigorous care service. Much of this could have been avoided with adequate testing.”