Guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for adult day care centre workers

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Department Of Health

At-home PCR testing for day care centres in England

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NHS Test and Trace is offering weekly PCR home testing to adult day care centre workers in England. We are doing this in an effort to reduce infection risk in adult day care centres that are currently open and to identify any positive cases in these settings as early as possible.

Eligible day care centres are those that are open and run by paid day care staff. Services must be for adults over 18 and provided within non-residential care settings that support the health and wellbeing of adults. This includes settings such as:

  • purpose-built day care centres
  • day centres attached to or part of a care home or supported living
  • other buildings in communities specifically used for regular adult day care

Staff testing should only be conducted on:

  • Thursdays
  • Fridays
  • Saturdays
  • Sundays (if the worker is able to access a priority post box with Sunday collections)

As national lockdown guidance changes, we will provide additional information on how centres that are re-opening can receive access to testing.

Published 18 February 2021
Last updated 9 April 2021 +show all updates

  1. Updated wording on main page to reflect current COVID-19 rules.

  2. First published.

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