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This is a joint publication between Public Health Scotland and Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection (ARHAI) Scotland, part of NHS National Services Scotland.​ ARHAI content is not made available under terms of the OGL and you should request permission to reproduce content contained in this publication.

This guidance is to support those working in care home settings to give advice to their staff and users of their services about COVID-19. It should be used for care homes for adults and older people, that is, all care homes registered with the Care Inspectorate, excluding those for children and young people.

Supplementary resources include an outbreak control checklist for the control of incidents and outbreaks in care home settings (adults and older people). This is specific for COVID-19 and should be used accordingly, following the general advice provided in the guidance.​

For Infection Prevention and Control guidance for Care Home Settings, see the Winter (21/22), Respiratory Infections in Health and Care Settings Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Addendum, produced by ARHAI Scotland, our national partner organisation for IPC.

Please note the ‘Guidance on COVID-19 PCR testing in care homes and the management of COVID-19 PCR test positive residents and staff’ has been withdrawn and relevant information from this guidance has been incorporated into this guidance.

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Last updated: 29 December 2021
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