COVID-19 Testing To Increase For Care Staff

COVID-19 testing for care staff across Northern Ireland is set to be increased.

Health Minister Robin Swann has revealed plans to introduce regular tests of staff once every week. This change will roll out from next week, replacing the fortnightly testing.

Officials have been asked to ensure this takes effect right across the sector as soon as possible.
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Acknowledging the sustained pressure on care homes, Minister Swann said: "Our care homes – like the rest of the health and social care system – are under considerable pressure. I acknowledge the dedication and hard work of staff in our homes and also the support being provided to homes by the Trusts, PHA and HSCB.

"No one should be taking any false assurance from the welcome drop in positive cases we have seen in Northern Ireland in recent days. The system is now dealing with the serious consequences of infections acquired over recent weeks.

"The more prevalent the virus is in our community, the greater the risk of it spreading into our care homes."


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