The Government's guidance, Coronavirus (COVID-19): provision of home care, for those providing personal care to people living in their own home during the coronavirus outbreak has been updated.

The section entitled “Hospital Discharge and Testing” was updated on 24 June to state "anyone experiencing coronavirus symptoms can now be tested, which includes individuals receiving home care. This can be accessed through the digital portal or by calling 119 to book testing".

This advice confirms that every social care worker who needs a test can access one and "this includes those who work in the home care sector".

The document brings together guidance for social care staff, registered providers, local authorities and commissioners who support and deliver care to people in their own homes in England.

It covers personal protective equipment (PPE), shielding and care groups, hospital discharge and testing, government support for social care and information collection and governance.

The digital portal for testing is available at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-an-antigen-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/.

Last reviewed 30 June 2020