Testing and Oximetry monitoring

On this page you can find up to date links, documents and other publications publicly available, we urge you to check our membership page for further information for Care England members only. COVID-19 (TESTING) page.  (for login details members please send email to info@careengland.org.uk

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The official UK Government website for data and insights on Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Private providers of coronavirus testing - guidance 
Published 14 December 2020 | 18 June 2021, Lists of and information about approved suppliers of private testing kits for coronavirus (COVID-19).

Surge testing for new coronavirus (COVID-19) variants - guidance 

Published 10 February 2021 | 15 June 2021, 
How ‘surge testing’ and genomic sequencing is being used in locations in England where COVID-19 variants have been identified.

Assessment and procurement of coronavirus (COVID-19) tests - guidance 

Published:3 June 2020 | Last updated 17 June 2021, How the government assesses offers of COVID-19 tests from developers for procurement and use in the UK.


How tests and testing kits for coronavirus (COVID-19) work - guidance 

Published 13 May 2020 | Last updated 17 June 2021, 
The different types of tests and testing kits for COVID-19, and the specifications for manufacturers.

Testing for coronavirus before hospital - guidance 
Published 15 December 2020 | Last updated 17 June 2021 — see all updates
Sets out how and when to get tested for COVID-19 before a hospital procedure.

Organisation testing registration: record of users - guidance 

Published 26 August 2020 | Last updated 15 June  2021, Guidance and spreadsheet to record the details of people who you've tested for coronavirus on that day.

COVID-19 PCR home test kit instructions - guidance 

Published 12 November 2020 | 20 May 2021, Step-by-step guide available in different formats on how to use and return your PCR home test kit to test yourself for COVID-19.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing: privacy information - guidance 

Published 17 April 2020 | 20 May 2021, 
Privacy notice for NHS Test and Trace virus testing for all users of the service.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested  - guidanc

Published 15 April 2020 | Last updated 20 May 2021 — see all updates
Guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test and how to get tested.

NHS Test and Trace: what to do if you are contacted - guidance  

Published 27 May 2020 | Last updated 20 May 2021 — see all updates
An overview of NHS Test and Trace, including what happens if you test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or have had close contact with someone who has tested positive.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for homecare workers: information for agencies - guidance
Published 14 May 2021 | Last updated: 20 May 2021 — 
Sets out how homecare agencies in England can order regular tests for their homecare (domiciliary care) staff.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for adult social care settings - Guidance 
Published:24 March 2021 | Last updated: 20 May 2021, 
Outlines the COVID-19 testing available for testing staff, residents and visitors for all adult social care settings.

Day 2 and day 8 testing for international arrivals: minimum standards for providers - guidance 

Published 14 February 2021 | 20 May 2021, 
Sets out the minimum standards that private sector providers must meet for the COVID-19 tests for people arriving in England.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for homecare workers - guidance 

Published 20 November 2020 | 14 May 2021, 
Sets out how homecare agencies in England can order regular tests for their homecare (domiciliary care) staff.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for adult day care centre workers - Guidance 

Published 18 February 2021 | Last updated: 30 April 2021, Sets out how open day care centres providing essential care in England can order weekly PCR testing for their staff.

COVID-19 testing for adult day care centres - document (February 2021)
NHS Test and Trace are offering weekly PCR home testing to adult day care centre workers in England.

Understanding lateral flow antigen testing for people without symptoms - guidance

Published 27 January 2021 | 23 April 2021, An explanation of the technology behind asymptomatic testing and the role these tests play in the national COVID-19 testing programme.

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

Published 7 December 2020 | Last updated 22 April 2021 — see all updates
Guidance on regular retesting for extra care and supported living settings that meet the eligibility criteria.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for personal assistants - Guidance
Published:16 February 2021 | Last updated: 22 April 2021, 
How personal assistants working in adult social care in England can access twice-weekly COVID-19 testing.

Regular rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) tests if you do not have symptoms guidance 

You can get regular rapid tests if you do not have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19).

COVID-19 Oximetry @Home Services for care home residents - CPA

COVID-19 Oximetry @home services are supporting people to monitor their oxygen levels with pulse oximeters, including residents in care homes. This follows guidance to support remote monitoring, using pulse oximetry, of people with confirmed or possible COVID-19, including people living in care homes. This document brings together existing guidance into a single document with some extra detail in terms of what this means for people who live and work in care homes. The main target audiences are care home managers and staff. 

Research to support the use of pulse oximetry in care homes - letter - 24 March 2021
Letter from Prof. Jonathan Benger, Interim Chief Medical Officer at NHS Digital 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): testing guidance for employers - guidance 

Published 10 September 2020 | Last updated 26 February 2021 — see all updates
Guidance for employers and third-party healthcare providers on the regulations and legal obligations of running testing programmes.

Essential workers prioritised for COVID-19 testing - guidance 

Published 25 February 2021
List of essential workers prioritised for PCR testing for coronavirus (COVID-19).

Coronavirus (COVID-19): antibody testing - guidance 

Published 22 May 2020 | Last updated 24 February 2021 — see all updates
Information about the government’s coronavirus antibody testing programme. Antibody tests are to check whether a person has had the virus.

Community testing for people without symptoms of coronavirus - guidance 
Published 26 November 2020 | Last updated 24 February 2021 — see all updates
Community asymptomatic testing helps identify and isolate individuals who have coronavirus (COVID-19) but do not have symptoms.

Care Home COVID-19 Testing Guidance: For testing of staff and resident - guidance Updated 16 February 2021 (90 day testing window guidance added (pg 9)

It provides guidance for regular resident testing using PCR, and regular staff testing using PCR and LFD.

  • If you are testing care home residents please refer to the guidance on PCR testing beginning on pg. 9, or the guidance on LFD testing of residents in an outbreak situation on pg. 44.
  • If you are testing care home staff, please refer to the guidance on PCR testing beginning on pg. 9 or the guidance on LFD testing beginning on pg. 24 as appropriate.
  • For outbreak testing procedures, please refer to the guidance on pg. 39.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing in a suspected or confirmed outbreak in care homes (England) - Infographic

90 day guidance and outbreak testing policy for care homes letter to all Directors of Public Health -16 February 2021

Lateral Flow Device (LFDs) Self-test Guidance - Your step-by-step guide for COVID-19 self-testing. 

Report a COVID-19 test result - Use this service to report your result to the NHS after using a coronavirus (COVID-19) lateral flow test kit. 

COVID-19: management of staff and exposed patients and residents in health and social care settings - guidance

Published 4 April 2020 | Last updated 28 January 2021 — see all updates
Guidance on the management of staff, patients and residents who have been exposed to COVID-19.

New LFD testing requirement – Care England FAQ document (18 January 2021)
Care England posed a raft of questions to the DHSC around the issues induced as a result of the announcement made on the 23 December that staff will be asked to take rapid tests twice a week, in addition to the weekly PCR test they have already been receiving as part of urgent government action to protect those most at risk. The document is available for Care England members only. Click here to login. 

Adult Social Care Rapid Testing Fund - guidance
Published 15 January 2021
Sets out the measures that the Rapid Testing Fund will support, including information on the distribution of funds and reporting requirements.

Regular coronavirus testing update for care home managers in England 

In this week’s update (04.01.2020) are important changes for you to be aware of: 

• Announcement: Grace period for registering your lateral flow tests
• Reminder: Increase staff testing using lateral flow devices (LFD) alongside existing PCR testing
• Reminder: Additional funding to support testing in care homes
• Answers to frequently asked questions from our recent webinars on the changes to staff testing
• Important links and where to go for further information

Extra Care and Supported Living Testing Webinars - click here 

Roll out of lateral flow tests to local authorities - guidance 

Published 13 November 2020 | Last updated 18.12.2020 + show all updates
A list of local authorities across England issued with rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) tests by the Department of Health and Social Care.

Coronavirus antibody home test kit: taking a blood sample - guidance 
Published 14 September 2020 Last updated 9 December 2020 — see all updates
Guidance and video to help you do your antibody test correctly, post your sample and get your results.

NHS Test and Trace QR codes – Advice for NHS hospitals, GP practices, dentist surgeries, care homes and community pharmacies in England.