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Visiting Professionals Testing Requirements (Last update: 23.03.21)
Any visiting professionals, such as GPs and District Nurses, to the service must not be allowed entry without a negative test result or if they meet the exemption criteria in line with Government guidance.
- Ask the visiting professional when their last test result was taken
- Request to see proof of the test result and the date it was completed
- Allow entry where you are satisfied of the visiting professional’s test result
- Where proof is not provided a risk-based decision will be made on whether to permit entry to the visiting professional. Take into account the reason and urgency of the visit
Please Note: the government’s default position is entry should not be permitted without proof of a negative result unless entry is required by law.
In some instances, visiting professionals may not have a test result as they:
- Have previously tested positive for COVID-19 and are within the 90-day window of not requiring a retest
Once the 90-day period is over, the visiting professional should commence their normal testing regime
Action - Evidence of the visiting professional’s positive PCR result should be taken as proof of entry
- Received a void or invalid result, although uncommon these may also occur
A retest should be taken and if it happens again, the visiting professional can continue to work. A new test should be taken the next day
Action – Void/invalid results can be taken as proof of entry
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