Update on self-isolation for health and social care staff


Issued by Argyll and Bute HSCP

The Scottish Government has advised there has been a further update to the self-isolation exemption guidance for health and social care staff.  

This policy is being applied retrospectively. 

Close contacts 

The requirement for colleagues who are close contacts, have no symptoms and are fully vaccinated to have a negative PCR test before returning to work has been removed and has been replaced by LFD. 

Colleagues who are identified as contacts and are fully vaccinated will now be required to take an LFD test that returns a negative result, provided they do not have a fever, prior to returning to work. 


The guidance clarifies that, following a positive COVID-19 result; colleagues can shorten their ten-day self-isolation and return to work if: 

  • They have had two consecutive negative LFD tests taken 24 hours apart, from day six up to day 10 
  • They have not had, or do not have, a fever (a temperature of 37.8 oC or above) within the previous 48 hours 
  • From day 11, they can return to work if they do not have a fever within the previous 48 hours and should stop routine LFD testing 
  • If a person chooses to keep testing after day 10 they can return to work if they have not had a fever within the previous 48 hours 

In addition, the guidance now specifies that health and social care workers who have tested positive for COVID-19 should not take daily LFD tests prior to working for a period of 28 days from the first day of symptom onset or test date if not symptomatic, unless you are looking to end self-isolation isolation, details of which are above. 

If a person develops new symptoms with the 28-day period, a further PCR test should be sought. 

If you are also taking weekly PCR tests this should be paused for a period of 90 days after testing positive or the onset of symptoms. 

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