New self-isolation guidelines for Scottish NHS staff ‘within days’
NHS staff in Scotland will soon receive further guidance on self-isolation if they come into close contact with a coronavirus case, the deputy chief medical officer said.
Dr Dave Caesar said the new advice would come “in a day or two”.
On Monday, it emerged that frontline NHS staff in England who are doubly vaccinated will be allowed to continue working under “exceptional circumstances”.
The Scottish government is in talks to remove the general requirement for healthcare workers to self-isolate when identified as a person’s close contact with Covid-19.
This move would allow doctors to cope with the pressure in hospitals.
Dr Caesar told the BBC’s Good Morning Scotland radio show on Monday: ‘We explored this with our colleagues in the health and care system, with staff representatives.
“We hope to be able to provide some guidance on this in a day or two, maybe sooner.
“There would be very clear criteria around that – that would be for the essential maintenance of services that otherwise, if they weren’t there, would cause potential harm to patients if they weren’t able to. to access.
“It would be on a voluntary basis, there would be a very strict testing regime around it. “
The changes to the self-isolation rules would only apply to doctors who have had “fleeting contact” with a person who tested positive, he said.
Under the new system in England, some staff contacted by Test and Trace will be required to present a negative PCR test before they can return to work, followed by daily lateral flow testing.