Guidance on health and community care settings

Health Protection Scotland and NHS National Services Scotland have updated guidance for health and social care settings in the light of the latest UK guidance on PPE (also issued on 2nd April): Covid-19: Information and Guidance for Social or Community Care and Residential Settings

The guidance confirms that the PPE triage arrangements are still only for urgent shortfalls of equipment where usual supply routes have failed and for situations where people either have Covid 19 symptoms or have been confirmed as having contracted the virus.

Where people are self isolating and / or have symptoms, non essential visits should be postponed. Where visits are necessary PPE should be worn as set out in the guidance.

Contact phone numbers for Health Protection Teams are listed and these include out of hours numbers.

Version 1.7 (published 17th April) includes additional guidance on cleaning and disinfecting a person’s room / home once they have left if they have had Covid 19 symptoms (section 1.7 and appendix 5).  People living in supported housing may need assistance to organise such cleaning.  The guidance also includes updates about social isolation and how to help a person with Covid 19 on return from hospital as well as testing of residents in care homes.

Version 4.2 (published 1st May) includes additional information on testing