As the number of COVID-19 nosocomial clusters has been reducing, officials sought advice from the COVID-19 Nosocomial Review Group (CNRG) to consider whether daily asymptomatic testing of Health and Care Workers is still necessary. The group offered their expert advice on this issue and were supportive of reverting to twice-weekly testing as soon as is feasible.
In light of this, the Scottish Government is asking all healthcare staff (including those working in primary care and community optometry practices) eligible for daily asymptotic testing to return to twice-weekly asymptomatic testing as soon as is practicable. The attached document sets out further information on this change, and the Eyes.Scot website has been updated also. We continue to encourage all staff to visit Eyes.Scot as a hub for general and COVID-specific information on eye care in Scotland.
The Scottish Government would also like to make community optometry practice staff aware that work is still ongoing to allow practices to self-order LFD testing kits for staff, by moving this onto the PECOS system (the same system that PPE is currently ordered from). A further update on this will be provided in due course.