Access to Care Homes for Professionals and Tradespeople

From 11 November 2021 professional visitors and tradespeople will need to provide proof of double Covid vaccination, or medical exemption, before they can enter a CQC registered care home on a professional basis.

This is a legal requirement and without proof they will be unable to enter the home.

The requirement excludes anyone working outside the care home, people providing emergency assistance, or undertaking urgent maintenance work inside the care home. If you are delivering goods outside the home, you are not affected.

Your proof of Covid vaccination (NHS Covid Pass) can be obtained from the NHS app, via your NHS login, or by requesting a letter from the NHS. Your company photo ID (or photo driving licence) will also be required to verify the NHS Covid Pass is yours. People who are medically exempt are required to provide proof of exemption (government are still to advise what this will be). Reasons for the medical exemption are not required.

So we won’t have to ask for proof every time you visit us we will keep a register stating who has provided their NHS Covid Pass, or exemption. This is also a requirement under the legislation.

The register will be kept securely by the registered manager (or equivalent person) in compliance with current data protection regulations. Responsibility for compliance and enforcement of the new rules will rest with the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Failure to comply may result in criminal enforcement against the provider or registered manager in the most serious of cases.

Further guidance on how this affects care home professional visits can be obtained from Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination of people working or deployed in care homes: operational guidance (publishing.service.gov.uk)

Thank you for your time in helping to ensure care homes can continue to run without further disruption.

Update on visiting procedures

Following recent guidance from the government, we are very pleased that visiting has now restarted at our care homes.  Obviously, this is being done in a Covid-safe manner and follows the guidance regarding the number of visitors, testing of visitors, the requirement to wear PPE and takes into account any consultation with other authorities as required.

We hope normal visiting will soon be available to our lovely residents and their families and friends.

Covid-19 – Visiting Update

Following recent guidance from the government, we are very pleased that visiting has now restarted at our care homes.  Obviously, this is being done in a Covid-safe manner and follows the guidance regarding the number of visitors, testing of visitors, the requirement to wear PPE and takes into account any consultation with other authorities as required.

We hope normal visiting will soon be available to our lovely residents and their families and friends.

Swindon Advertiser report – Nearly 50 Orchid Care Home residents receive first dose of Covid Vaccine

Nurse prescriber Alison Moon giving the injection to June while nurse Kristina Davarseresht was holding June’s hand.

WORKERS at a Swindon care home spoke of their relief after nearly 50 residents received their first doses of Covid-19 vaccine.

The jab was given to people living at Orchid Care Home on Guernsey Lane, Haydon.

June Freeman, 91, is already looking forward to one day visiting her disabled son, who is in another care home in Swindon.

After having her jab she told the Adver: “I can now see that come the summer that maybe I will see him.”

June, who has not been able to do her own shopping since last March, added: “I’d like to get on my buggy, do a bit of shopping and go to St John’s Church.”

She said the vaccine was painless and she was feeling fine. “It was quite alright. The nurse pulled my shirt up and it was done.”

The home has 50 residents, of whom 49 have agreed to receive the Oxford vaccine.

Manager Dawn Drew said: “Our staff have vaccinated before, so we are now in a really good position now in terms of continuing our battle with Covid.

“It’s hopefully going to make life a little bit easier for us and of course we’ve got the security that our residents have received their first dose which will undoubtedly offer them some protection as well, which was our prime concern to be honest, so I am absolutely delighted.”

Orchid has been praised for its efforts in preventing Covid infection in a Care Quality Commission’s report.

The doses were administered from the Home Ground practice.

Dawn added: “They’ve had the first dose and that’s the most important thing and we know they are going to receive their second dose. They haven’t confirmed when it will happen because in some instances, they are delaying the second dose.”

Nearly 50 Orchid Care Home residents receive first dose of Covid vaccine | Swindon Advertiser