DHSC publishes guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19) testing in hospices

DHSC publishes guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19) testing in hospices

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has published guidance on testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) in hospices. In England, staff are required to take a PCR test and a lateral flow test on the same day every week, alongside an additional lateral flow test three to four days after. Patients should be tested when being admitted to the hospice and on an ad hoc basis thereafter. The rules differ for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Visitor testing is not mandatory. Hospice managers can order the PCR testing kits online and every test kit must be registered online.

Testing kits can be ordered here. You need to submit your unique organisation number and the total number of patients and staff that are to be tested.

An instructional video on how to carry out the PCR test is available here.

To register a test kit, click here.

Tests can be returned by courier or by post.

Wales and Northern Ireland

All staff must have one PCR test per week. Patients should be tested upon admission.


Testing will be performed locally via the NHS.

Source: Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for hospices

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