Enhanced safety for health and social care staff

Routine testing of workforce extended as more services resume.

Staff who work in specialist cancer services, or provide long-term care for the elderly, as well as staff working in residential mental health, will be offered weekly coronavirus (COVID-19) testing from 8 July.

This builds on the routine testing currently offered to care home staff, and aims to protect NHS staff and patients by reducing the spread of the virus in hospitals and other healthcare settings.

In addition, from June 29 all staff in hospitals and care home who interact with patients or residents will be required to wear a medical face mask throughout their shift. Anyone entering care homes and hospitals will also be asked to wear a face covering throughout. Face coverings will also be required when attending a hospital appointment.

Source: Scottish Government