Testing requirement for visiting professionals entering care homes

As per the Care Home Visitors COVID-19 Testing Guidance, all professionals visiting care homes should be tested prior to entry, unless they are already testing twice a week in line with lateral flow testing procedures for NHS staff. Care homes received a supply of Lateral Flow Devices (LFD) to test visitors to care homes on the door.

As primary care contractors will now have access to regular testing through LFDs, patient-facing staff who are using LFDs twice weekly and who are following associated guidance on self-isolation and confirmatory PCR tests, in line with the SOP, will not need re-testing upon entering a care home.

They may be asked to confirm that they are testing twice weekly and for the date of their last test. If primary care staff are not carrying out twice weekly LFD testing, they should be tested with an LFD by the care home upon on the door. This also applies to any staff undertaking vaccinations.