Testing for visitors to care homes
Many people with coronavirus (COVID-19) have mild, or even no symptoms, but can still spread the virus. With regular self-testing we can slow the spread and help protect the most vulnerable in care homes and communities.
The Chief Medical Officer, Dr Michael McBride, recently announced the introduction of a programme to offer visitors to care homes in Northern Ireland the opportunity to self-test for COVID-19 using Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests prior to visiting in care homes.
Visiting is a central part of care home life and is crucially important for maintaining the health, wellbeing and quality of life for residents and their friends and families.
Testing is optional and visiting will not be restricted if you choose not to take the test, however it is hoped that where possible, visitors will participate in this programme.
You can find more information about self-testing for COVID-19 for visitors to care homes at the links below;
- Letter to visitors to care homes
- Step-by-step guide to self-testing with lateral flow devices
- Easy read guide to self-testing with lateral flow devices
- Consent form
- Reporting rapid lateral flow tests at home
- Letter to care homes initiating self-testing for visitors
- Guidance for care homes supporting LFD testing for visitors