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COVID-19 Testing Policy

Document Control Summary

Title

COVID-19 testing policy

Status

Published

Version No.

1.1

Date of Document

4th March 2021

Author

Jonny Bottomley (CEO)

Approved by

Aljona Kopp (Registered Care Manager)

Next Review Date

June 5th 2021

Financial implications of doc

Minimal

Scope

From this point, we would ask all our carers and care management team to observe the following policy at all times, whether you are at work or not. If we all do so, all of the time, we have the very best chance of not catching the infection ourselves and also not spreading the infection to our clients. As always, teamwork and communication is key. We are doing all we can to support you.

Policy

edyn.care participates in a testing programme as part of the NHS infection control program. As of 5th March, this means that every week our carers and office based teams will complete routine PCR tests in order to determine their COVID status at the time of taking the test. Four tests are distributed to carers each month, either to their home address or placement, to enable them to complete the test each week.

Each test has a test guide included - please make sure you read this thoroughly as it tells you how to complete your test.

It is essential you register your test on the same day that you do the test. If you do not register, you will not get your results. Register test here: www.gov.uk/register-your-test 

Once you have received your test results you must input test results via this form: www.edyn.care/tests. It is very important that you attach a photo of your test to the form. This is to ensure we can evidence your test results.  

Procedure

  1. Find your nearest Royal Mail priority postbox (5 to 10 mins). Do this before you take the swab test
  2. Register test kit online (10 to 15 minutes). You must register to get your test results. Register here: www.gov.uk/register-your-test (edyn.care’s unique ID: 45793791)
  3. Take swab sample (5 to 10 minutes)
  4. Post your completed test kit.
  5. Get test results by text and email (2 days)
  6. Complete edyn care test result form here: www.edyn.care/tests - make sure you attach a photo of your test result.
  7. Test results confirmed in carer call around that test has been completed, registered and results added

IF YOU DO NOT FOLLOW THIS PROCEDURE WE WILL HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO REMOVE YOU FROM THE PACKAGE.

edyn.care unique testing ID: 45793791

When to take tests

Before a package starts

Please complete a PCR test at least 5 days prior to the starting date of your package and complete procedure. You can’t start your package until we have the test result.

During a package

Every Monday our carers complete their PCR tests at midday and complete procedure. The test results are confirmed by the Care Management Teams during their Carer calls every Friday at 3pm.

Returning to a package after break

Please complete a PCR test at least 5 days prior to the starting date of your package and complete procedure. You can’t return your package until we have the test result.

Emergency cover

In circumstances where a carer is unable to obtain a PCR test in time for an emergency placement a rapid antigen test will be carried out and booked privately whilst we wait on the result of the PCR test. The carer at this point can continue working with the client but must maintain a suitable distance from the client where possible and wear appropriate PPE at all times.

Reporting your test results

Once you have completed your tests. We ask all our carers to input test results via this form: www.edyn.care/tests. It is very important that you attach a photo of your test to the form. This is to ensure we can evidence your test results.  

Storage of Test Results

We will store all of our test results in our COVID-19 matrix, so we can have a full overview as to who has been tested, at what time and give each of our carers an up to date COVID-19 status. This information will come from the form the carers completes and the information will automatically added to file and update relevant matrix fields.

Carer or client displaying symptoms:

In the event of a carer displaying symptoms of COVID-19 (new continuous cough, high temperature and / or loss of taste or smell) then both carer and client are to complete a test. Carer and client are then to follow our isolation process outlined below and call the coronavirus helpline on 119 if symptoms worsen and report any updates to the office.

How to reduce your chances of catching Coronavirus

Although people of all ages can get coronavirus, those of use who are elderly or have pre existing medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease are at higher risk of becoming severely ill if we contract the infection. Since these categories will include many of our clients, please ensure you follow below:

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