HSE stops testing nursing home transfer patients

Elderly now required to isolate for 14 days inside care homes once discharged from hospital

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
31st May, 2020
HSE stops testing nursing home transfer patients
The nursing home sector has borne the brunt of the pandemic, with almost 5,000 nursing home residents, out of a total of about 32,000, testing positive for Covid-19

The HSE has stopped testing patients for Covid-19 before they are discharged from hospital to nursing homes.

The failure to test patients at the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis was heavily criticised by Nursing Homes Ireland, which claimed that the transfer of patients to nursing homes was a “contributory factor” to the Covid-19 clusters in some of the facilities.

In a statement the HSE said that a previous requirement for testing had been...

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