The purpose of this letter is to provide updated operational guidance in the light of further changes to the general population isolation guidance for those who are cases. This letter updates guidance provided in HSS(MD)91/2021 ( )

2021.pdf and HSS(MD)01/2022 ( .)

In line with the announcement of changes to the self-isolation guidance for those who have received a positive COVID-19 test result, health and social care staff who test positive will be able to leave self-isolation and return to work, if they test negative on days 5 and 6 after the date that symptoms started or the date of their initial positive test, whichever is the sooner.

This means if a staff member tests negative on the morning of day 6 and was also negative 24 hours earlier, they can return to work on day 6 provided they meet specific following requirements – see full document for details