Respiratory System: Infectious Diseases

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered at on 7 June 2022.

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Photo of Daisy Cooper Daisy Cooper Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Health and Social Care), Deputy Leader, Liberal Democrats

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to increase the use of point-of-care testing in care homes in order to support the assessment of respiratory illnesses with overlapping symptoms such as (a) covid-19, (b) influenza and (c) Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) to reduce rates of transmission.

Photo of Gillian Keegan Gillian Keegan Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

There are no current plans to use point-of-care testing in care homes to support the assessment of multiple respiratory illnesses. Asymptomatic, symptomatic and outbreak testing for COVID-19 continues to be provided for staff and residents in care homes and on admission to prevent transmission. We will continue to review testing arrangements in adult social care in line with the latest clinical advice.

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