Coronavirus outbreaks at some of our sites
Due to the fast-spreading Omicron variant, there are currently covid-19 outbreaks at several of our care homes and retirement communities, with both staff and a small number of residents testing positive at some sites.
We are doing everything we can to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of all staff and residents, and have introduced several additional measures. Staff at affected care home sites are taking daily lateral flow tests whether on duty or not. When staff are on duty, testing takes place immediately before a shift. We are also testing residents as required and in line with government guidance.
Affected care homes are currently closed to all visitors. Extra care residents are also being advised to only accept essential visitors. We will keep residents and families updated on when this will change.
Some services at sites experiencing an outbreak have been temporarily closed to help manage the spread of the virus. Where services are running, we have a range of robust control measures in place, such as lateral flow testing, mask wearing and social distancing. in place. We will continue to monitor them regularly so that we can run them safely, while always considering the latest government guidance, local infections rates as well as the safety and security of our staff.