Care home LFD testing of visitors guidance issued
Guidance has been issued for all care homes who are receiving lateral flow device (LFD) test kits.
LFD can be used for visitor testing, including visiting professionals who are not part of a regular testing programme.
The guidance focuses on information about preparing your home for visitor testing and how to use the new test kits to test for coronavirus (COVID-19).
The purpose of this document is to provide guidance on how to prepare and manage lateral flow testing for visitors. Testing visitors can reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission but it does not completely remove the risk of infection. When used alongside robust infection prevention and control (IPC) measures such as personal protective equipment (PPE) it can support care homes to safely maintain a balance between infection control and the vital benefits of visiting to the health and wellbeing of residents.