- 8 Jan 2021
The following groups who visit care homes will be tested twice weekly using LFDs organised through their employer:
- health staff, such as district and community nurses and allied health professionals employed by the NHS. Guidance is available here: Coronavirus (COVID-19): asymptomatic staff testing in NHS Scotland
- social care staff, social workers, other non-NHS Allied Health Professionals, care inspectors. Guidance is available below.
Other visiting professionals, such as maintenance staff, private podiatrists who are not offered testing through their employers, are encouraged to undertake an LFD test at the care home. Guidance is available here:
The guidance below is aimed at social care staff, social workers, other non-NHS Allied Health Professionals, and care inspectors.
Please note that these materials will be updated regularly, so please continue to check this website for up to date information and guidance.
Stock of LFD tests is distributed by National Services Scotland (NSS) every four weeks. If you have any queries about your stock/ supply, please call the dedicated helpline 0800 008 6587 which is open daily 09.00 to 17.00.
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 recorded in accordance with the guidance notes below.
A free helpline is available to provide advice on testing. Tel: 0800 008 6587 available 09:00 to 17:00 every day
Essential training for visiting professionals is contained on the TURAS National Education for Scotland site.