Coronavirus Update

1st February -

Following the Government’s recently updated guidance on care home visiting, published on the 31st January, please find below the resulting changes to our visiting policies.

You will pleased to learn that with immediate effect, there will no longer be any restrictions on the number of visitors as resident may have. However, as with previous guidance, relatives should continue to make arrangements with the home in advance of any visits.

Visitors must have proof of a negative lateral flow test result on the day of their visit, either by conducting the test at home and bringing the test in, or by taking a test when they arrive at the care home.  Essential Care Givers need to follow the additional testing arrangements outlined below.

Every resident is allowed one Essential Care Giver who will be able to visit at all times, including in periods of outbreak and when their friend or family member in the care home is isolating. If a care home resident has tested positive for COVID-19, Essential Care Giver visits can be made in exceptional circumstances (for example, severe distress or end of life) with appropriate infection prevention control support and a consideration of the Essential Care Giver’s personal vulnerability and vaccination status.

Should the home experience an outbreak, the Essential Care Givers will need to follow the same testing arrangements as our staff. Further information on staff testing regimes can be found in the Government’s care home testing guidance. We welcome our resident’s and relatives to identify an Essential Care Giver and email the nominated individual’s details to usin the usual way should they wish to do so.

Visitors should not come in if they are feeling unwell, even if they have tested negative for COVID 19, are fully vaccinated and have received their booster. We would ask that visitors avoid visiting for at least 5 days after they feel better.

Visitors are now able to hold hands with residents provided that stringent adherence to hand washing is carried out and with the full support of appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

External visiting arrangements remain the same, therefore visits outside of the care home may continue with completion of an individual risk assessment of the resident’s individual needs and circumstances.

As there are still risks involved in leaving the care home it is vital that we, residents, family and friends take all the steps we can to manage and mitigate these risks.

For further information please visit the below link for further guidance: Guidance on care home visiting - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

15th December -

Following the recent Government announcement regarding care home visiting, and the reintroduction of nominated visitors, please find below changes to our visiting guidance across all three homes. 

With effect from today, Thursday 16th December, in line with current guidance, the number of resident’s nominated visitors will be reduced to 3. To reduce the risk of infection, a maximum of 2 visitors will be allowed, with proof of a negative Lateral Flow Device test (LFD), at any one time or on any given day.  All other guidance remains unchanged and includes always wearing a mask while in the homes.  Visitors should not come in if they are feeling unwell, even if they have tested negative for COVID 19, are fully vaccinated and have received their booster.  We would ask that visitors avoid visiting for at least 5 days after they feel better. 

Visits outside of the care homes may continue with the completion of an risk assessment of the resident’s individual needs and circumstances. It is important to remember that even as vaccine coverage increases, there are still significant risks involved in residents leaving the care home. It is vital that care homes, family and friends take all the steps they can to manage and mitigate these risks.

Consideration should be given to:

  • Avoiding visiting people residents do not regularly spend time with.
  • Avoiding visits out that involve mixing with a large number of people indoors.
  • Confirming those people residents are visiting undertake regular lateral flow testing and receive a negative Lateral Flow Device test (LFD) on the day of the visit.
  • Confirming those people residents are visiting have had their vaccinations, including boosters.

Please note that all visits and outings need to be booked in advance with reception.

For further information please visit the below link for further guidance:

www.gov.uk/government/publications/visiting-care-homes-during-coronavirus/update-on-policies-for-visiting-arrangements-in-care-homes

As always, thank you for your support and cooperation. Please do not hesitate to contact the homes directly if you have any queries or concerns you would like to discuss.

28th July- 

Following the the relaxing of national COVID restrictions and the Government’s visiting guidance update on the 19th July; we are delighted to advise that there is no longer a limit to the number of residents nominated visitors. Advice continues to promote keeping physical contact to a minimum where possible. Visitors should continue to wear appropriate PPE and follow all other infection prevention and control measures as advised by the home.  In addition, visitors will continue to be expected to present current, negative Lateral Flow Device test (LFD) results prior to, or on, arrival. We would be pleased to arrange tests for visitors if they are unable to arrange in advance.

Owing to the heightened infection transmission risks of indoor visiting, we advise a maximum of 2 visitors at any one time, unless under exceptional circumstances. We continue to offer visits in our pods, conservatories or outside in the gardens. Numbers of visitors in these instances are also advised to be kept to a minimum, where possible.

Please be aware that all resident visits and outings need to be booked in advance. The Government guidance instructs that during any visits outside of the care home, residents should avoid crowded places. Visits to indoor spaces should normally be avoided except, for example, for the use of toilet facilities. Even as vaccine coverage increases, there are still significant risks involved in visits outside of the homes and it is crucial that care homes, residents, family and friends all work together and take steps to manage and mitigate these risks in our resident’s best interests.

We thank you for your support and cooperation. Please do not hesitate to contact our homes directly if you have any queries or would like to learn more about our COVID protocols.

5th May - 

With immediate effect, we are delighted to inform you that residents are now able to enjoy time away from our nursing homes in an outdoor space for example, a park or a private garden. We have taken advice from the Local Clinical Commissioning Groups and can confirm that residents can travel in the private family cars of their two nominated visitors who are regularly screened by Lateral Flow Device (LFD) testing. The residents and their relatives must wear a fluid repellent mask whilst travelling in the vehicle and it is advisable to ensure good ventilation by keeping the window open. Visitors and residents will both need to take, or show evidence of, a negative LFD test dated on the day of the visit or outing. It is very important that residents remain outdoor at all times apart from when they wish to use the bathroom facilities. Residents are advised to wear mask if they use the indoor facilities. All other visiting poilicies and procedures remain in place, unchanged. Please do not hesitate to contact the homes directly for more detailed information and guidance.

9th April -  

Due to the changes in the National Care Home Visiting Guidance issued by the Government on 6th April 2021, we have reviewed our current visiting policy in line with Public Health England and the local Clinical Commissioning Group advice. From the 12th April, we will be delighted to introduce 2 named visitors for indoor face-to-face visits supported by Lateral Flow Device tests (LFD) in conjunction with the wearing of the full PPE. The visit can take place together or separately, as preferred.

We can also continue to offer visits to other friends or family members in the visiting rooms or outside in the garden. Visits with children can now be accommodated and will be discussed individually due to the different protocols for each different age group. Any children visiting (apart from babies and very young children) should also be counted towards the maximum number allowed for the visit. Please contact the homes directly to learn more about the specifics relalting to the precautions and guidleines in place to keep everyone safe at each. 

8th March - 

Due to the changes in the National Care Home Visiting Guidance issued by the Government on 4th March, which come into effect today, we have reviewed our current visiting policies in line with Public Health England's advice. All our homes are approaching visiting slightly differently according to their individual circustances and residents. However, all are very much looking forward to restarting visiting next week. We will be able to offer indoor and outdoor visiting appointments for one regular visitor per resident, supported by Lateral Flow Device tests (LFD) in conjunction with the wearing of the full PPE. Please contact the homes directly to learn more about the specifics relalting to the precautions and guidleines in place to keep everyone safe at each. 

4th January -

Due to the National Lockdown, please contact the homes directly to discuss their current visiting arrangements which are in constant review to keep up with the latest news, information andvice from Public Health England. We remain commited to keeping our residents, staff and visitors safe and well at all times and look forward to hearing from you.

1st December -

We are currently accepting admissions and we are delighted to be able to facilitate visiting for our residents' nominated friends, family and loved ones. Admissions and visits are conducted to incorporate current best practice guidance from Public Health England and all Government advice. Please contact the homes directly to learn more.

 

Amesbury Abbey
Church Street
Amesbury
Wiltshire
SP4 7EX (sat nav SP4 7EU)
T: 01980 622 957 
E: aaha@amesburyabbey.com

Sutton Manor
Winchester
Hampshire
SO21 3JX 
(sat nav S021 3JL)
T: 01962 760 188 
E: smha@amesburyabbey.com

Winton House
Nether Wallop
Stockbridge
Hampshire
SO20 8HE (sat nav SO20 8EL)
T: 01264 781 366
E: wintonreception@amesburyabbey.com