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Care Homes: Coronavirus

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 140486, tabled on 15 March 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to assist people who do not have online access to order lateral flow device tests in order to visit loved ones in care homes, in areas where pharmacies no longer have supplies.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

19 April 2022

From 1 April 2022, access to free universal lateral flow device (LFD) testing for the general public ended. Since 4 April, most visitors to adult social care settings have not been required to take a test. A small number of visitors who are providing personal care will be asked to test before entering, up to twice weekly if visiting more than twice, with free LFD tests through the care home available for these visitors.

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