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Care Homes: Screening

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 97448, tabled on 30 September 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that agency staff have access to home covid-19 testing kits to enable them to obtain a test result prior to their starting an assignment at a care home.

Answered on

12 January 2021

All bank and agency staff working in care homes are eligible to access weekly COVID-19 PCR testing through the care home they work in, and we have also introduced twice-weekly rapid testing with Lateral Flow Devices.

Domiciliary care workers can access weekly PCR tests via their employer.

Anyone with symptoms can access testing through the self-referral portal system.

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Department of Health and Social Care