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​Scotland: Changes to Covid-19 guidance

20 May 2022

NHS Scotland have recently issued a letter to healthcare professionals outlining the process for the transition from the Winter Respiratory IPC Addendum Covid-19 guidance back to the National Infection Prevention and Control Manual (NIPCM).

The letter explains what the next stages for managing Covid within a health and care setting will look like. This includes advice that all non-patient facing healthcare workers should cease routine workplace asymptomatic testing. Patient facing staff must continue to take lateral flow tests twice weekly due to working in a higher risk setting.

The transition will be supported by an infographic and an accompanying document detailing specific updates to each of the chapters of the NIPCM with relevant hyperlinks where required. The expected implementation date is Monday 11 July, at which point the Winter Respiratory IPC addendum will be removed from the website.