Indoor visiting in care homes can now begin to be reintroduced across Tayside following a change to the planned restart date which was due to the COVID-19 outbreak at the 2 Sisters factory in Coupar Angus.
A decision was made by the Incident Management Team investigating the Coupar Angus outbreak at the end of last month that the planned reintroduction of indoor visiting would have to be paused due to the number of cases associated with the factory and other localised cases and clusters of COVID-19.
The Health Protection Team, in collaboration with Angus, Dundee and Perth & Kinross Health and Social Care Partnerships, considered the current situation across Tayside and agreed that indoor visiting at care homes can restart from Saturday, 5 September, as long as care homes have had their reopening plans and risk assessments reviewed and signed off by NHS Tayside’s Health Protection Team.
The Scottish Government has set out guidance and criteria for care homes to follow to allow the reintroduction of visiting to happen as safely as possible.
Associate Director of Public Health, Dr Daniel Chandler, said, “We have been able to make this decision thanks to the exceptional efforts of our contact tracing colleagues both locally and nationally. We have been able to map and investigate all new cases of COVID-19 across Tayside which gives us the confidence to reintroduce indoor visiting at care homes.
“We know this will be a great comfort to many people of Tayside, who can now visit their loved ones indoors. We will keep the situation under close review and will continue to work alongside care homes, the three Health and Social Care Partnerships and the Care Home Clinical Care Professional Oversight Team.”
Families are advised to contact individual care homes for visiting arrangements.