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Care home swabbing team promotes safety during pandemic

Thousands of people in Lancashire have benefited from a group of children’s community services staff who volunteered to become care home swabbers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The care home swabbing team is made up of health visitors, healthy family practitioners and community nursery nurses who are part of Lancashire Healthy Young People and Families Service. They volunteered to redeploy and become part of the new service, developed in partnership with Public Health England, to support care homes by carrying out testing for their residents.

In addition to this work, they have also worked alongside Lancashire County Council’s REACT service to swab members of the public at mobile pop-up tents. Throughout the pandemic, they have also continued to support their colleagues in Lancashire Healthy Young People and Families Service.

Debra Wilkes, lead for the care home swabbing team in East Lancashire, said: “I have been truly astounded, amazed and super proud at the level of professionalism, compassion, understanding and all round exemplary standards of care the girls have given in a very surreal environment at a very anxious time.”

Michelle Lee, our Managing Director  in Lancashire, said: “These colleagues have gone over and above to help keep people in Lancashire safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. I am really proud of them for everything they have done so far and also proud that as an organisation we have been able to play such an important role in supporting the response to the pandemic.”

The care home swabbing team staff are part of a wider group of around 100 Lancashire Healthy Young People and Families Service colleagues who received training to be ready for redeployment during the pandemic.

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