Updated national guidance for care home testing

Following a significant rise in infections, attributed to the rapid spread of a new variant of coronavirus, we have updated our guidance on staff testing for all care homes in […]

Published on 31/12/2020 in Covid-19 | News

Following a significant rise in infections, attributed to the rapid spread of a new variant of coronavirus, we have updated our guidance on staff testing for all care homes in England.

This additional testing will be using the lateral flow device (LFD) tests delivered to all care homes this month.

In addition to the current regular PCR testing regime, the new guidance advises all care home staff in all tiers to:

Undertake an additional two lateral flow device (LFD) tests per week, ideally at the beginning of the shift:

  • One LFD test on the same day as the PCR test.
  • One LFD test midweek between PCR tests. If any staff test positive, they will need to undertake a confirmatory PCR and then self-isolate at home immediately until they receive their result.

Undertake an LFD test before beginning their shift if they’ve worked elsewhere since their last shift.

In addition to the above, if there are any positive cases found in a care home in tier 4 areas only, staff should also:

Undertake daily LFD testing for 7 days, ideally at the beginning of the shift. If any staff test positive, they will need to undertake a confirmatory PCR and then self-isolate at home immediately until they receive their result

Care homes should continue to follow existing outbreak management processes as per normal and notify your local Health Protection Team of any positive case.

There is no change to testing for residents

For further information, please see the full updated care home testing guidance here.

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