As we move into the 7th week of COVID-19 Lockdown, we want to keep you updated on the actions we have been taking, and continue to take, to reduce the risk of Infection and the threat of the virus entering and spreading within our home.
These remain unprecedented times for everyone, none more so than for our residents who are living in lockdown away from family and friends.
Culliford House is committed to ensuring that we keep all of our residents and staff as safe as possible and we are taking all the necessary precautions to protect our residents.
We continue to follow guidance from the Government and Public Health England what continues to be a fast-moving situation and the management team is constantly adapting procedures in line with current guidance.
In the last week we have introduced:
- COVID-19 training for all the staff team – this ensures that our staff team have the most current and best possible advice, information and training on infection prevention, PPE, hand and respiratory hygiene, management and assessment, sampling and testing, and much more to support them in their role and meeting the needs of our residents.
- All staff members are now wearing fluid repellent masks as well as disposable aprons and gloves regardless of whether there are any suspected COVID-19 symptoms or not. We believe this is the right thing to do to protect both residents and the staff team from possible infection.
Emotional & Mental Health is key at these times, and we have been spending lots of 1:1 time with our residents. Keeping in touch has never been so important, so keeping in touch via Face time or video calls really does make a huge difference and puts a smile on everyone’s faces, residents and family alike.
Thank you once again for your continued support as we continue to move through these challenging times.
Also, thanks to our wonderful staff team who are doing all they can to ensure that life at Culliford continues as normal throughout these challenging times.
Coronavirus testing for Health and Social Care staff
The health secretary has announced that all care home residents and staff in England can now be tested for coronavirus ‘whether they have symptoms or not’. His announcement came after new figures released from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) showed there were 4,343 COVID-19 deaths in care homes in England from 10 to 24 April.
Dorset now has a fully operational Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) keyworker testing facility at Creekmoor Park and Ride (Poole), which is open seven days a week. The local testing facility for key workers has been set up to offer COVID-19 tests to high priority key workers which includes our staff.
The site sits alongside a rapidly expanding network of testing sites being set up around the UK, and is operating on an appointment-only basis for NHS staff and other key workers.
The test is designed to determine whether a person has COVID-19 now and whether they are able to continue working safely with others. It is not designed to test if a person has ever had COVID-19 or has immunity to the virus. The arrangements mean we can test key workers and members of their households quickly, so that people are not isolating unnecessarily, and can get back to work as soon as possible.
The testing centre is for key workers with appointments booked through their employers. There is a system now in place that we can nominate our staff for testing.
At present, all symptomatic residents will also be tested for COVID-19 as testing capacity continues to increase and we continue to follow the advice from Public health England.
If you have any queries regarding our management of COVID-19 you can email