Covid-19 Visiting Update (from 16th August 2021)

We look forward to welcoming you back to Fewcott House Nursing Home.  Since the government announcement on Monday 16th August, we have been busy gathering information in order to comply with the guidelines as well as making it possible for you to visit your loved ones.

We have worked hard over the last 18 months keeping residents and staff safe and all staff and residents have now had both vaccines.

At Fewcott House Nursing Home we will endeavor to keep your relatives safe.  Staff are tested 3 times a week and residents are tested once a month as per government guidelines.  We have all become experts in infection control, with several certificates to prove it.  Items coming into the home continue to be sanitised or quarantined.  Masks continue to be mandatory for all staff and PPE worn as per government and local authority infection control guidance.

Thankfully, we have an end in sight and are now able to invite you back inside the home.

Please find below our plans on how to manage this going forward:

Care home residents will be able to be visited indoors and make repeat visits under carefully designed conditions to keep residents, staff and visitors safe.

Every resident will have the opportunity to have a visitor, who will be required to have a test beforehand, wear PPE during the visit and avoid close contact and the following measures will also need to be in place:

  • Visits will need to be by pre-booked appointment only.
  • All visitors will require testing before entering the home.
  • We will be offering weekly PCR tests for the essential care givers who would like to come regularly as well as the rapid response tests on the day of the visit.
  • Distanced, screened visits will still be on offer and you can still make use of our covid friendly visiting pods. If you feel that you may be a high-risk individual, this course of action may be more appropriate for the time being.

The procedure of internal visiting: 

  1. Book your visit a minimum of 24 hours in advance.
  2. Please do not use public transport to get to the home.
  3. Please wear clean/freshly laundered clothes and do not stop on the way to the visit so as not to contaminate yourselves in a public space.
  4. On arrival at Fewcott House please stay in the car and call 01869 345501 and a staff member will meet you at the car.
  5. Your temperature will be taken at the car.
  6. We will walk you to the garden pod for testing whereby a swab will be taken of your throat and nose and tested on site. Results take 30 minutes.  Please either wait in the pod or the car for results.
  7. Please leave gifts and goodies outside, these will need to be quarantined or sanitised.
  8. Once a negative result has returned, we will give you a fresh mask and take you inside. Do not enter the home until your result has returned.
  9. Once your mask is applied please do not remove it or touch it until your visit is completed and you are outside the home.
  10. We will show you to the sanitizing station.
  11. Visiting, for the time being, will be within your loved one’s room, the garden or the visiting pod.
  12. Please remember to regularly sanitise your hands; there are lots of opportunities to do this within Fewcott House.
  13. DO NOT remove your mask. Unfortunately, no refreshments or food will be able to be consumed during your visit.
  14. Sit back and enjoy some quality time with your loved one.

 Background information

  • There will be discretion for care homes to allow more than one named visitor in exceptional circumstances.
    • Home tests of single, named visitors will not be allowed during the start of the scheme but will be reviewed.
  • Hand-holding is allowed but named visitors will be asked to avoid any closer contact.
  • In terms of visiting outside, the rules and guidance will remain unchanged at this stage.
  • Visiting will be suspended during local outbreaks in individual homes.

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any queries.

Yours sincerely

Fewcott House Nursing Home