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

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Department Of Health

Regular testing for adult day care centres in England

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NHS Test and Trace is offering PCR and rapid lateral flow testing to adult day care centre staff and service users in England. We are offering routine testing to reduce infection risk in open adult day care centres 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

Day care centre managers can order PCR and lateral flow tests online using their unique organisation number (UON).

To get a UON, day care centre managers can register their eligible centre on the self-referral portal. See the guidance document on this page for further information.

Before your centre begins rapid lateral flow testing, please join, or watch a recording of, one of our webinars to understand the new testing service and download our supporting material.

See the coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for adult social care (ASC) settings page for our detailed guidance documents:

  • on-site testing for adult social care services: rapid lateral flow test guide
  • step-by-step guide for ASC staff to self-test using rapid lateral flow tests
  • rapid lateral flow testing in ASC settings: an overview
  • coronavirus (COVID-19) testing: terms and conditions
  • coronavirus (COVID-19) self-test for staff, service users and visitors in adult social care settings: privacy notice

For accessible instructions on lateral flow testing, please see the rapid lateral flow home test instructions.

Published 18 February 2021
Last updated 30 April 2021 +show all updates

  1. Updated to reflect that rapid lateral flow tests are now available to adult day care centre workers and service users.

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

  3. First published.

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