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Family members allowed to visit relatives in care homes if they test negative

Written by on 01/12/2020

Family members will be able to visit their relatives in care homes from Wednesday if they have received a negative COVID-19 test.

The Department of Health and Social Care has said that more than a million tests will be sent to care home providers over the next month to allow safe indoor visits.

Visits will be able to happen across all tiers and will begin on Wednesday.

Visitors should minimise contact as much as possible and wear personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect their loved ones, the Department of Health said.

Care Quality Commission-registered providers will be sent an extra 46 million items of free PPE, according to the government.

“I know how difficult it has been for people in care homes and their families to be apart for so long,” health secretary Matt Hancock said.

“The separation has been painful but has protected residents and staff from this deadly virus.

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“I’m so pleased we are now able to help reunite families and more safely allow people to have meaningful contact with their loved ones by Christmas.

“This news has been made possible by the unprecedented strides made in testing technology and capacity, as well as extra personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies.”

Care minister Helen Whately said: “It is impossible to eliminate risk entirely, but now thanks to an enormous expansion of testing capacity and a huge delivery of free PPE we can help to more safely reunite families throughout December.”

 Sky News

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