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Care Homes: Coronavirus

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 143875, tabled on 26 January 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to increase the (a) efficiency and (b) availability of PCR covid-19 testing for care home employees and residents.

Answered on

3 February 2021

Regular testing is available for all staff, including agency staff, and residents in care homes.

Regular re-testing for all adult care homes has been available since 31 August 2020 through the care home registration portal. The regular re-testing regime in care homes requires staff to be tested once weekly using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, with two additional weekly lateral flow device (LFD) tests and residents are tested every 28 days using a PCR test.