Source: UK Health Security Agency
Managing healthcare staff with symptoms of a respiratory infection or a positive COVID-19 test result. From 31 August, routine asymptomatic testing for staff will be paused. This guidance will be updated on 31 August to reflect this change. Further information on changes to asymptomatic testing is available.
What has changed
This new guidance applies to patient-facing healthcare staff in the NHS and NHS commissioned services who have symptoms of a respiratory infection including coronavirus (COVID-19), or a positive test result for COVID-19.
Advice on managing adult social care staff and residents can be found in new guidance for the adult social care sector. The UK IPC guidance details management of patients.
Patient-facing healthcare staff who have symptoms of a respiratory infection, and who have a high temperature or do not feel well enough to attend work, are required to take an lateral flow device (LFD) test as soon as they feel unwell. They are no longer required to take a PCR test.
Staff who are close contacts of a case of COVID-19 are also no longer required to take a PCR test.
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