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Coronavirus (COVID-19): adult care home testing guidance for visiting professionals

Published: 8 Jan 2021
Last updated: 11 Jan 2021 - see all updates

Guidance and materials to support professionals who visit care homes and residential settings to carry out lateral flow device (LFD) testing.

8 Jan 2021
Coronavirus (COVID-19): adult care home testing guidance for visiting professionals

The following groups should be tested using LFDs in advance of attending care homes and residential settings:

  • health staff, such as district and community nurses and allied health professionals employed by the NHS
  • social care staff, social workers, other non-NHS Allied Health Professionals, care inspectors

Visiting care inspectors, social work professionals, social care staff and other non-NHS Allied Health Professionals will not be tested at care home sites; they will be tested twice weekly through a programme delivered via their employer. A small number of visiting professionals (e.g. podiatrists and optometrists) may not be covered by this wider pathway; in these circumstances they can be tested on arrival at the care home or residential setting as part of the designated and essential visitors testing pathway and results will be recorded in the same way.

Please note that these materials will be updated regularly, so please continue to check this website for up to date information and guidance.


A four-week supply of LFDs will be distributed by National Services Scotland (NSS) during w/c 4 January. Test kits will then be distributed automatically every four weeks. If you have an urgent issue with your supply of kits you can email Please restrict use of this mailbox to urgent requests only.

Employers and staff should be prepared for the introduction of testing and ensure that the competency training has been completed.

Tests should be carried out and results analysed in accordance with the guidance notes below.

There is also a video on LFD testing.



Lateral Flow Device Poster

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First published: 8 Jan 2021 Last updated: 11 Jan 2021 -