Care Homes: Coronavirus

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 6th August 2020.

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Photo of Steve McCabe Steve McCabe Labour, Birmingham, Selly Oak

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if his Department will publish the guidance provided to local authorities on prioritising care home referrals for covid-19 testing.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

On 5 June Ros Roughton, Director General, Adult Social Care, wrote to Directors of Public Health and Directors of Adult Social Services. The criteria of prioritisation were:

  1. Care homes referred to the Department by Public Health England because they have had a new outbreak;
  2. Care homes that have over 50 beds;
  3. Care homes with 25-50 beds;
  4. And then all other care homes.

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