90 minute coronavirus testing will start to roll out in care homes from next week, the government announced today (03.08.20).

The tests will be able to differentiate between COVID-19 and other seasonal illnesses like flu, and come in two formats: swab and DNA tests. Both promise to deliver results within 90 minutes. 

Getting faster results will help to break chains of transmission quickly, helping to prevent the spread of the virus in winter. 

About half a million ‘rapid swab’ tests will be available from next week, to be distributed across hospitals, care homes and laboratories - set to increase to millions later in the year.

When will staff see 90 min tests in care homes? 

We don’t believe rapid testing will be seen by all care home staff by next week. 

It’s most likely a sample of homes will receive them first, with this rolled out to all over the next few months. We don’t know which care homes will receive the tests first - though we’d estimate larger care groups are more likely than small independents to get these initially. 

So, if you work at a larger care provider, it may be more likely you’ll see this type of test in use sooner. 

What shall I do now to get tested?

For your own peace of mind, we advise you to continue to arrange your own COVID-19 test at least once a week.

This helps you protect yourself and the vulnerable residents you're in contact with.

How to get tested

You can book your own test here.

While all care homes you work with should be offering to test you every week, we know some may not be doing this yet. Arranging your own testing means you remove any uncertainty around being able to get tested on a weekly basis. 

We’re here to help

We understand the uncertainty and stress coronavirus has brought to your working life, and we appreciate the incredible challenge frontline nurses and carers are facing.

Florence is working to keep you, residents and care homes protected from the spread of infection. If you are unsure, please see our guidelines on what we are doing to help all Florence users, as well as see our policy for nurses and carers to follow during this time.

If you have any questions about increased testing in care homes, please get in touch by calling your account manager on 020 3911 2555, or emailing us at [email protected]