Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for homecare workers

Sets out how homecare (domiciliary care) workers in England can collect, complete and register test kits for coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Applies to England



NHS Test and Trace is making weekly COVID-19 testing available to all homecare workers in Care Quality Commission (CQC)-registered domiciliary care organisations.

This guidance is for homecare workers in England. It explains:

  • how testing works
  • what to do before testing
  • how to do the test
  • how to register your test kit online
  • how to return your test kit
  • what to do after testing

Guidance for homecare agencies

See also guidance for homecare agencies in England on how to order regular tests for their homecare (domiciliary care) staff.

Published 20 November 2020
Last updated 14 May 2021 + show all updates
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  4. Added guide to registering test kits for homecare workers.

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