New government guidelines allowing self-testing mean there will be no more anxious wait at care homes for visitors hoping to see loved ones.
Until now, visitors have had to complete a rapid (LFT) test when they arrive at the care home, waiting 30 minutes for a negative result before being allowed in. The ability to self-test earlier on the day of their visit, means that visitors with negative test results no longer need to arrive half an hour before their pre-booked visiting time.
It also means that anyone without symptoms who has tested positive will have no cause to go to the home, a further step towards keeping residents safe.
Self-testing for care home visitors - a five step guide
1. Order or collect a self-testing kit