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COVID-19: Information and Guidance for Non-Healthcare Settings in Scotland

SASW wishes strength and calm to all our members and partners across the sector for the coming time of challenge.

SASW has shared an update following the Government decision to move its responce to Coronavirus COVID-19 to the delay phase (dated 13th March 2020)

Health Protection Scotland have published the following guidance for Home Visits (including Primary Care, Third-Sector and Volunteers): 

People returning from some areas of the world are being told to self-isolate depending on the location they have visited and their symptoms. People who have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 are also being advised by the local Health Protection Team to self-isolate. People who are self-isolating and have no symptoms do not pose a risk to others. They are self-isolating to allow closer monitoring in order to identify early symptoms, and to enable prompt medical action if required. If a person is in self-isolation, health and social care staff should ascertain if the individual has symptoms prior to their visit. It may become necessary to suspend some home visits and alternative arrangements must be put in place to maintain contact (e.g. telephone liaison).

Health and social care staff performing non-deferrable essential visits (for example, child protection, personal or nursing care) to households where there is an individual selfisolating, should follow the guidance below:

• If the person receiving the home visit has no symptoms

As the person has no symptoms there is no need to change your approach.

• If the person receiving the home visit has symptoms

If during a telephone consultation with a client or their family member / representative to assess their suitability for a domiciliary visit, it is thought that COVID-19 is a possibility then a domiciliary visit should be avoided. Instead, call the client’s GP or NHS 24 (phone 111) for further advice. If during a domiciliary visit it is thought that COVID-19 is a possibility, then:

  • avoid any further physical contact with the person, if you can. The person should remain in the room with the door closed.
  • advise anyone with you not to enter the room. Health Protection Scotland 16
  • ask the patient or their family member/representative to call their GP or NHS 24 for further advice. 
  • inform your manager and contact your local Health Protection Team for advice.
  •  if the client or resident is seriously ill and requires urgent medical attention, phone 999 and inform the ambulance call handler of the potential links to COVID-19.

If after assessment the person has a negative COVID-19 test, then no further action is required. If after assessment the person has a positive COVID-19 test, then the local Health Protection Team will be in contact with you and will carry out a risk assessment, identify people who have been in contact with the case and advise on any actions or precautions that need to be taken.

If there is a household member in self-isolation:

• If the household member is asymptomatic, they should be advised to move to another room within the house for the duration of the home visit.

• If the household member is symptomatic, advice should be sought from the local Health Protection Team before visiting.


You can read the full guidance, here. 

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