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  • Testing prior to admission of care home residents from another  care facility/community setting
    • Residents should take:
      • a PCR test within the 72 hours before they’re admitted (or a lateral flow test if they have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days)
      • a lateral flow test on the day of admission (day 0)
  • For urgent admissions to a care home from the community
    • Managers need to find out whether the resident being admitted has had an LFD or PCR test and, if so, when and what the result was.
    • If the individual has taken an LFD or PCR test within 72 hours – the results should be shared prior to admission into the care home. 
    • If no LFD or PCR test has been taken or it has been more than 72 hours before urgent admission, the individual should be tested again with an LFD test by the care home.


  • Discharge from hospital into a care home
    • The resident/service user will need to do a PCR test 48 hours prior to discharge into a care home (or a lateral flow test if the individual has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days).
    • The test result should be shared with the individual themselves, their key relatives or advocate and the relevant care provider before the discharge takes place.
  • Individuals testing positive prior to discharge from hospital
    • Residents can be admitted to the care home, if the home is satisfied they can be cared for safely. 
    • They should be isolated on arrival for 10 days and follow the guidance on care home residents who are symptomatic or test positive for COVID-19.
  • Residents discharged from hospital where there has been an active outbreak
    • Residents should be isolated for 10 days from the date of admission, regardless of whether their overnight hospital stay was planned (elective) or unplanned.This is to prevent possible introduction of infection into the care home.
    • Information about hospital outbreak status should be provided as part of the discharge process, 
    • Residents should be enabled to receive one visitor and have access to outside space to assist rehabilitation if possible during isolation. 
    • Individuals who are isolating should take 2 LFD tests on days 5 and 6, 24 hours apart, and if both are negative, they can end isolation early. 
      • Any individual who is unable to test should be isolated for the full 10 days following a positive test.

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Page last updated on April 7th, 2022 at 4:21pm

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