Guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19) lateral flow testing of visitors in care homes

Department Of Health

February 22
16:31 2021

Visitor testing guidance pack

Letter to care home visitors LFD testing

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In light of the national lockdown, visits to care homes can still take place with arrangements such as substantial screens or visiting pods but, for the safety of loved ones, close-contact indoor visits supported by lateral flow testing cannot take place.

Visits should only take place:

  • outdoors, which can include at a window
  • in a visiting pod or similar type of arrangement
  • indoors, as long as there is a substantial screen between the resident and visitor
  • in exceptional circumstances, including end of life

For further information, please see further guidance on visiting care homes during COVID-19.

Further updates will be provided as the situation changes.

Published 8 December 2020
Last updated 22 February 2021 +show all updates
  1. Updated all guidance to outline a pause in LFD-enabled visits to care homes, explain how indoor visits can continue for contact-free visiting, and update test kit registration processes.

  2. Updated 'Care home LFD testing of visitors guidance' to add link to the online registration portal.

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