Care Homes: Visits

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 29th April 2021.

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Photo of Justin Madders Justin Madders Shadow Minister (Health and Social Care)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the evidential basis is for his policy that care home residents returning from visits out must self-isolate for 14 days on their return; and for what reason this is not in line with the 10 day self-isolation period for people who have come into contact with a person with covid-19.

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

A 14-day period of isolation is recommended for residents in care homes as these are a particularly vulnerable group, living in a setting at risk of experience an outbreak of COVID-19 if the virus is introduced. Based on their clinical vulnerability and the potential for longer incubation periods for care home residents, Public Health England recommended that the 14-day isolation period should remain unchanged when the new 10-day self-isolation period for contacts of those testing positive for COVID-19 was established.

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