Last updated: 25th February 2021
Following the introduction of the restrictions across all four parts of the UK, we have reviewed all national guidance, statements and requirements related to Covid-19 and are consistently implementing them as required across our full range of services, as we have done throughout the pandemic.
We have adjusted our visiting and leave arrangements alongside the new national guidance for the particular types of service. If you believe the service supporting your loved one may be affected by these revised national arrangements, please contact the site directly.
Equally, if you have any suggestions or comments on how we are providing our services during these times, please do not hesitate to contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. email@example.com.
Message from our Group Director of Nursing & Executive Lead for Infection, Prevention and Control
We continue to ensure that all services across our four divisions and central support teams are meeting the requirements to keep everyone as safe as possible in these difficult times. Our pandemic plan remains fully operational, along with a specific focus on the management of flu and other seasonal-related conditions.
We are delighted that such great progress is being made regarding the introduction of Covid-19 vaccines, and we will continue to work to the national standards and guidance to take this forward in the coming weeks and are planning accordingly.
Given the national guidance across all four constituent parts of the UK, our operational divisions have plans in place taking into account the implications on visiting and leave arrangements. If you have any particular questions about the visiting arrangements for your loved ones please contact the relevant service directly.
Operational leadership arrangements are in place across all services 24/7 and colleagues continue to have access to a dedicated helpline regarding Covid-19 for any queries or requests for support. We are working to the latest national infection prevention and control guidance, alongside restrictions to manage local outbreaks as determined by the Government and local authorities. We continue to work to the standards and requirements relating to Covid-19 through our pandemic management arrangements, including our monitoring and provision of the appropriate PPE. All of our residents have access to testing as do our staff.
Our teams are in regular contact with key commissioners and are following national guidance related to the provision of information, including nationally-required reporting. On this basis, I regret that we continue to be unable to respond to requests for business continuity plans or general preparedness information. Instead, we are directing external stakeholders to the information contained on this webpage, which we continue to update on a regular basis. However, if your query relates to a specific individual placed at one of our services, please contact that site directly using the contact details available on this website and we will do whatever we can to assist.
Group Director of Nursing & Executive Lead for Infection, Prevention and Control
Message from our Chief Operating Officer
For many of us, last year brought some challenging and unprecedented times. I can only imagine how hard it has been not to see your loved ones as often as you would like. I would like to reassure you that the safety of every resident in our care is my number one priority. I take extremely seriously the trust that you have put in me, my Senior Leadership Team, the Service Managers and nursing/care colleagues at Priory Adult Care.
We are now business as usual in terms of supplies, quality monitoring and infection prevention and control training. We continue to monitor for government guidance daily and enact it immediately.
Despite the restrictions that we face, our staff are committed to ensuring positive experiences for every person that we support. I am bowled over by the many creative ideas that have been put in place to keep all of our residents upbeat and enjoying their lives at this time. The sacrifice and giving I have seen has just been amazing.
Lateral flow testing is now rolled out, except for Northern Ireland, and LFD and PCR testing is mandatory for our staff according to the UK nation. The majority of our staff and residents have now had their Covid-19 vaccination and we will continue until everyone is offered one.
Visiting can be different according to the UK nation and does change frequently according to infection levels. We always keep our visiting policies for our older people and specialist services up-to-date accordingly.
In the meantime, Service Managers are there to answer any of your questions. Please do get in touch with them and don’t worry about asking anything, we want you to be informed.
Chief Operating Officer
Priory Adult Care
Visiting information during national lockdowns
From the 8th March, England can have one consistent named visitor to care homes where there is a visiting room, otherwise these will be via window visits or outside visits, if the weather permits. From early March in Scotland, there will be up to two visits per week per resident to care homes, from up to two designated visitors (one at a time).
We are still awaiting guidance from Wales and Northern Ireland regarding visiting. The Care Partner Programme in Northern Ireland has already been implemented at our sites.
We will of course be facilitating virtual visiting using technology and all visits must be booked in advance. Please contact your home as to how these can be booked. We really want to communicate with you about your loved one at this time, so please discuss with the Home Manager how we can best do this. For bigger homes, it may be a discussion with the Deputy or Key Worker.
We understand that Commissioners and Care Management teams will continue to require accommodation and support for individuals, whose changing placement requirements may need to be responded to swiftly. In particular this may include residents facing home closure or a breakdown in their community placements. We are continuing to accept and review referrals on a case-by-case basis, ensuring strict screening procedures.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
Below you will find a helpful list of answers to the frequently asked questions (FAQs) we have been receiving at Priory Adult Care, regarding Covid-19.
We will be updating the information on a regular basis, therefore do revisit this website page. If you have any questions or specific placement enquiries, please do get in touch.