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The Department of Health and Social care have provided the following information in relation to the impact of the change to restrictions which are due to ease on Monday 19th July

Regular asymptomatic testing

 

We anticipate that there will be no changes to testing regimes in all care settings come July 19th. You should plan to continue testing as normal for the foreseeable future. This means that we are asking you and your staff to test once per week with PCR and twice per week using rapid Lateral Flow Tests. These tests are a vital part of our defence against Covid-19, helping to protect staff and those who receive care and support. You can refer to the 'Coronavirus testing in adult care homes' guidance here.

Visitor testing for Care Homes

There will be no change to the testing or PPE requirements for visitors to care homes. However, the limit on the number of visitors for people living in care homes will be removed, pending capacity of providers to safely enable visiting. Visitors will still be required to test via rapid Lateral Flow Test in order to access care homes for visiting. Please refer to the Guidance on care home visiting for current and updated visitor guidance.

 

PPE

 

PPE guidance for adult social care settings will not change on 19th July, regardless of the easing of mask wearing requirements for the general public. It is vital that all care settings continue to adopt practices which limit infections, and care workers and visitors are expected to continue to follow the PPE recommendations in the ‘How to work safely’ guidance.  

 

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