Key changes to testing and infection prevention guidance to come into effect from 4 April 2022.
- Asymptomatic testing will be twice weekly by lateral flow test (test kits free).
- Staff who have symptoms will no longer be asked to take PCR tests but will be asked to take two lateral flow tests 48 hours apart. They should stay away from work and only come back if both are negative.
- Staff who are contacts of COVID-19 cases will no longer be required to undertake additional testing or isolation but a risk assessment or additional risk mitigation should be considered.
- FFP3s may not always be required for Aerosol Generating Procedures if the person does not have suspected or confirmed COVID-19 (see guidance for detail)
- Facemasks should still usually be worn by all careworkers when providing care. Type I or II masks may be sufficient (as opposed to Type IIR) where a person being supported does not have suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
- In general (see guidance for specifics) in addition to standard precautions of using gloves and aprons (for example where there is contact with blood and bodily fluids) they should be used when providing care to someone who has suspected or confirmed COVID-19. Eye protection is also required where someone has suspected or confirmed COVID-19.