Guidance

Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing service for extra care and supported living settings

Guidance on regular retesting for extra care and supported living settings that meet the eligibility criteria.

Applies to England

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Details

The Department of Health and Social Care is extending the one-off round of testing to regular retesting for extra care and supported living settings that meet the eligibility criteria.

Regular retesting involves weekly staff testing and monthly resident testing.

See the coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for adult social care (ASC) settings page for:

  • on-site testing for adult social care services: rapid lateral flow test guide
  • step-by-step guide for ASC staff to self-test using rapid lateral flow tests
  • rapid lateral flow testing in ASC settings: an overview
  • coronavirus (COVID-19) testing: terms and conditions
  • coronavirus (COVID-19) self-test for staff, service users and visitors in adult social care settings: privacy notice

Multiple registrations

From 1 July, you can use the new version of the record-keeping multiple registration spreadsheet. The updated spreadsheet will let you register polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests.

Ensure you only use the most recent version of the multiple upload spreadsheet to register coronavirus tests for your organisation.

You can register up to 100 tests on the spreadsheet. You’ll need to complete separate spreadsheets for staff and non-staff.

Organisations can still upload their testing data using the self-registration route. This is an additional option and does not replace the self-reporting routes.

You will need to read the guidance and download the multiple registration spreadsheet to record the details of people you’ve tested for coronavirus on that day.

Published 7 December 2020
Last updated 1 July 2021 + show all updates
  1. Updated to reflect changes that coronavirus test results can now be uploaded in bulk.

  2. Added link to the 'Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for adult social care settings' page and updated guidance to reflect the re-activation of the self-referral portal.

  3. Temporarily removed the HTML version of 'Testing service for extra care and supported living settings'.

  4. Updated version of 'Testing service for extra care and supported living settings' PDF.

  5. Updated with detail on when more test kits can be applied for.

  6. Updated to clarify use of the Unique Organisation Number on the self-referral portal.

  7. First published.