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Pre Care Home Covid Test !!!!

Batsue

Registered User
Nov 4, 2014
4,891
Scotland
Mum has been offered a placement in my first choice of care home. The care home manager asked me to contact social services to arrange a covid test prior to her admission, social services told me to ring our GP, our GP said that I needed to contact NHS Inform or NHS 111 who told me they only test people with symptoms and to contact the care home!
We are in Scotland, does anyone know how I can get mum tested?
 

Lynmax

Registered User
Nov 1, 2016
562
I agree with Canary, tell 111 your mum has got a cough and has lost her sense of smell or something like that.

Having suggested that, my mum went into a care home in England in April ( had a test in hospital before her discharge) and since then has had a monthly test in the care home - so care homes can get tests done.
 

Batsue

Registered User
Nov 4, 2014
4,891
Scotland
My mum went into a care home last week and had to have a clear Covid result beforehand. I just rang clicked on this: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coron.../get-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/
and ordered a home test. Posted it off and all good. Good luck! You could also find out from this site where your nearest testing centre is and do the drive -through.
Thank you. I tried to order a home test, I got right to the end of the form and though great until it said that home tests are not available for my address.
I will wait to see if my social worker or Dr rings me back with a solution this morning if not I will try your link again for a drive through test, I m trying to avoid this as it is 40 miles away and I don't think mum will cooperate with someone in full PPE looming in through the car window.
 

CardiffGirlInEssex

Registered User
Oct 6, 2018
189
Thank you. I tried to order a home test, I got right to the end of the form and though great until it said that home tests are not available for my address.
I will wait to see if my social worker or Dr rings me back with a solution this morning if not I will try your link again for a drive through test, I m trying to avoid this as it is 40 miles away and I don't think mum will cooperate with someone in full PPE looming in through the car window.
Also, be aware that some drive thru centres just push the self test kit into the car and you have to do the swabbing yourself, which is not easy. This happened to me last week. Did get the result in less than 24 hrs though (negative which was a big relief).
 

Cazzita

Registered User
May 12, 2018
591
Thank you. I tried to order a home test, I got right to the end of the form and though great until it said that home tests are not available for my address.
I will wait to see if my social worker or Dr rings me back with a solution this morning if not I will try your link again for a drive through test, I m trying to avoid this as it is 40 miles away and I don't think mum will cooperate with someone in full PPE looming in through the car window.
Hopefully, you will find one nearer than 40 miles away! They change all the time :)
 

Lin47

Registered User
Apr 14, 2020
19
I also live in Scotland. My mother's covid test was arranged by her care manager. The test was done here, I understand that they were doing the tests in this local area.
 

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