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The age of our residents puts them in the highest risk category for suffering the effects of the Covid-19 infection and consequently we are taking measures to protect them.
In line with current advice from the World Health organisation, Public Health England and the UK Government, Abbeyfield has formulated a policy on preventative and control measures, limiting the risk of infection for our residents in our houses.
For current NHS advice please see this link https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
And for current advice relating specifically to Abbeyfield Dulwich please contact us as the information changes regularly. Residents and their sponsors should particularly be aware of this.
See below to download a simple guide to when to self-isolate.
Please see below.
Should you experience any symptoms associated with Covid-19 at any time, whether you have been abroad or not, please do not visit us until you have been given the all clear from a medical health professional.
Symptoms of Coronavirus include:
· A cough
· A fever or high temperature
- A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
If you develop any of these symptoms, however mild, you are advised to stay indoors and isolate yourself avoiding close contact with other people. If your symptoms worsen you should call NHS 111, for further advice. You should not visit your doctor or hospital.
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Should a resident present in the premises with diagnosed coronavirus (COVID-19) or suspected coronavirus (COVID-19) they should be isolated to their room or apartment as quickly as possible and should call NHS 111 asap for advice
Residents that suspect they may be at risk of coronavirus should alert a member of staff immediately who will immediately cascade this information upwards to the Committee along with any advice given by NHS 111.
They should not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital without instruction from NHS 111.
In the event of a confirmed or suspected case of coronavirus by a resident in our sheltered house, the Chairman or Company Secretary will write to all regular external visitors to the houses to advise that all visits are prohibited for at least two weeks after any infection risk has passed. This does not apply to care workers, although they will be informed of the instance of infection in the house.
We’re going to be increasing the measures that we use to keep everyone as safe as possible in response to the Omicron coronavirus variant over the Christmas and New Year period.
These actions will need your help and engagement to make them work properly and members of your House Committee will guide you through them. Each resident will have a nominated House Committee member to support them. The HC member will contact their nominated resident directly.
Here are the details:
1. Daily Lateral Flow Tests (LFT) and logging of them will take place. Please
report these tests to your HC member on a daily basis. (PCR tests will take
place in the event of a suspected infection). Your HC member will be able to help with these actions if required.
2. Masks should be worn when moving around the house.
3. Meals will be taken in residents’ rooms until further notice to avoid any chance
of transmission whilst eating meals together.
4. We will ask you and your families to obtain free LFT test kits from the NHS –
and will help you to do so if that works better for you.
5. As some of you will leave the house for Christmas and New Year
celebrations, we ask that you take a LFT immediately before you return or on
return to the house and report it to the NHS website and your nominated HC
Naturally, we will be following advice and guidance from the government closely and may vary these arrangements at short notice. If we should have to change the measures above, we will endeavour to inform you as quickly as possible.