Scotland issues test advice for visiting professionals

Care homes in Scotland are advised to accept verbal confirmation of a negative LFD test within the last 72 hours from health and social care professionals who visit the home for clinical care.

New guidance from the Scottish government says that absence of testing should not become a barrier to providing necessary clinical care in person – as long as  PPE and appropriate infection prevention and control procedures are observed.

Other visiting professionals, such as maintenance staff, private podiatrists, hairdressers etc, who are not offered testing through their employers are encouraged to undertake an LFD test at the care home. It is recommended that they test  twice-weekly but if they work in multiple care homes they do not need to be tested in each care home. Where visiting professionals, eg, maintenance staff, are working over several days in the home, they should be tested on  arrival on their first day and then later in the week.  

All visiting people, organisations and professionals should wear a Fluid Resistant (Type IIR) Surgical Mask (FRSM) and maintain two-metre distancing where possible. If the nature of the visit requires direct contact, short sleeved aprons should be worn. If there is a risk of contact with body fluids, splashing or coughing then gloves and eye protection should also
be worn.

Residents should be encouraged to wear a Fluid Resistant (Type IIR) surgical mask (FRSM), if these can be tolerated and do not compromise care, when moving around the care home, when individuals enter the room and when receiving direct care.

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