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BREAKING NEWS: Government issues new COVID-19 admissions and care guidance

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Detailed new guidance has been issued by the government on the admission and care of people in care homes during the coronavirus outbreak.

The guidance covers the admission of residents, caring with residents with COVID-19, testing, reporting cases and advice for staff, including the wearing of personal protective equipment (PPE).

The document, which has been published by the Department of Health & Social Care, Public Health England (PHE), CQC and NHS, thanks care home providers for their continued support of the COVID-19 Hospital Discharge Service Requirements and in return makes a number of pledges.

These include: ensuring operators have the information and support they need to safely admit and care for patients during the pandemic; ensuring a long-term supply of PPE for care home and home care providers; establishing a Capacity Tracker to report bed vacancies and manage demand during the crisis; working with commissioners to ensure fair and prompt payment for care commitments and additional care as a result of the pandemic; and the provision of NHSMail for secure transfer of information with the NHS.

The document offers detailed guidance on the admissions from hospitals and care home settings, an area that has been a source of increasing tension between services with reports of care homes refusing to admit people from hospitals who have not been COVID-19 tested and operators revealing that many residents who have tested positive were infected in hospitals.