Covid isolation rules eased for Scotland care home residents

The Scottish government has issued new guidelines to care home operators around residents transferring from hospitals.

People admitted to adult care homes in Scotland will no longer have to isolate if they have a negative PCR test and are not showing Covid symptoms.

The Scottish government issued new guidelines to operators around patients transferring from hospitals, which it says reflects the high levels of vaccinations in care homes.

People leaving hospital to go into care homes will not be required to isolate if they have had a negative PCR test in the last two days, as long as they show no Covid symptoms and haven't been exposed to Covid in the last two weeks.

The isolation period for residents testing postiive, and close contacts, is also being cut from 14 days to 10. Previously, residents automatically had to self-isolate for two weeks after a hospital transfer.

Care home residents who have been in hospital for acute overnight stays will no longer need to isolate and not need a negative test.

The Scottish government said the moves would bring restrictions closer to those for the general public.

The general isolation period in Scotland was cut from 10 days to seven on 5 January, bringing Scotland in line with England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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