Care Home actions relating to COVID: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Information requested

Details on all advice provided and published each day relating to care home actions relating to Covid including each article added and removed and the dates that changes happened.


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The following is a timeline of various revisions:

Clinical Guidance for Nursing Home and

Residential Care Residents and COVID-19

First published 13 March 2020

26 March 2020: updated to include: HPS advice on care home admissions, shielding advice, visiting;


15 May 2020: updated to include updated advice on:advice on PPE; admissions and testing; strengthening advice on infection control; health care support for residents; caring for someone depending on their COVID-19 status; workforce; staff and resident wellbeing; mutual support for care homes; executive summary

COVID-19 Palliative Care Toolkit

First published 27 April 2020

30 April 2020 updated appendix N title

Coronavirus (COVID-19): social care staff

support fund guidance

First published 24 June 2020

30 June 2020: Changes made to eligible workers and fund criteria pages to  reference ILF Scotland

Adult care homes visiting guidance: Cabinet

Secretary for Health letter

First published 25 June 2020

Replaced by later versions on 23 July and 8 Aug 2020

Visiting Guidance for Adult Care Homes in


First published 25 June 2020

Updated on dated 7 August 2020 (published 8 August 2020) to include:

  • Updated advice on moving to stages three and four;
  • Indicative dates for progression through the
  • visiting pathway;
  • Advice on changing the designated visitor
  • between and within stages;
  • Inclusion of a checklist to support development
  • of visiting protocol in line with mitigating
  • measures required to protect people;
  • Importance of participation in testing
  • programmes;
  • Additional information on essential visitors
  • Advice on indoor communal activity for stage four;
  • Advice on external audit / monitoring to ensure that all the mitigating measures are in place and adherence is high;
  • General improvements based on feedback


Updated on 3 September 2020 (published 3

September 2020) to include:

  • Updated advice on changing the designated visitor.
  • Content to reaffirm / clarify locus of guidance.
  • Proofing edits in line with house style.
  • Update to Stage 3 visiting text (table on pages 8-9).
  • Update to clarify family visiting in residents’
  • rooms.
  • Future focus of both visitors’ protocols updated (Appendices).
  • Title updated to include ‘Family and Friends’.
  • Essential visits updated to include care home discretion.
  • Flexibility emphasised in end of life care situations.
  • Review arrangements added for any temporary local restrictions to visiting.

Care Homes Information Leaflet for visitors

First published 25 June 2020

8 August 2020: updated to reflect new guidance.


3 September 2020: Title updated to Care Homes

Information Leaflet for visitors (family and friends)

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