Weekly testing for agency staff deployed to care homes for adults and older people (Added 24 July)

The Scottish Government has issued guidance to ensure that all staff deployed to care homes for adults and older people from staffing agencies are tested for COVID-19 prior to deployment. They request that agencies provide assurance that a process is in place for testing staff prior to deployment to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday 31 July. You can access the guidance here.

Testing staff in care homes (Added 24 July)

The Scottish Government testing directorate asks care homes to complete a weekly ‘safety huddle’ template on staff testing. There have been some inconsistencies in recording of the number of staff eligible for testing and the number of staff who have declined tests.  For clarity:

Recording of number of staff eligible for testing – Only staff who are at work in the care home should be included and those staff who are not at work for any reason should be excluded from this number e.g. annual leave, sick leave, days off, self-isolating or working elsewhere.  Staff who have previously tested positive and have returned for work are also excluded from this number as they are currently not included in the staff testing programme

Recording of number of staff who decline testing – Only staff who are eligible for testing as defined above that have declined testing should be included.  Staff who are at not work or staff who have previously tested positive should not be included in this number. 

You can find further guidance and the weekly template here.

Guidance from Health Protection Scotland on COVID-19 in care homes (Added 14 July)

Health Protection Scotland has published guidance for PCR testing in care homes and the management of COVID-19 PCR test positive residents and staff.

Letter to all care homes on testing from Scottish Government (Added 23 April)

Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport Jeane Freeman has issued a letter for care all care homes to provide further details on procedures in place for testing care home staff and residents for COVID-19. You can read the letter here.

Interim guidance on COVID-19 PCR testing in care homes (Updated 16 May)

Health Protection Scotland has released Interim guidance on COVID-19 PCR testing in care homes and the management of COVID-19 PCR test positive residents and staff. 

You can view the guidance here.