Visiting Guidance

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  • Every care home resident should have one visitor who can visit in all circumstances (including during periods of isolation and outbreak).
  • End-of-life visits should always be facilitated.
  • Visitors who are providing personal care should have a negative COVID-19 test result from a lateral flow device before entering a care home, unless medically exempt.
  • NHS staff should be able to provide evidence of a negative test within the last 72 hours. CQC inspectors should test before their inspection, up to a maximum of twice a week if they are in care settings 2 times or more per week.
  • Other visiting professionals should be tested with tests provided by the care home if they are providing personal care, as per the guidance for visitors providing personal care.
  • Care home residents should only self-isolate if they test positive for COVID-19, or if they are admitted from a hospital where there is an active outbreak.
  • In addition to negative test results, care homes should ask all visitors to wear face masks, in addition to other PPE, if they are providing personal care to ensure visits can happen safely. 

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Page last updated on April 7th, 2022 at 3:50pm

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