Designated settings for coronavirus patients leaving hospital

Content originally from Care Quality Commission

We’re working with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), local authorities and individual care providers to help safely discharge people with a COVID-positive test from hospitals.

Anyone with a COVID-19 positive test result being discharged into a registered care home must be discharged into an appropriate designated setting – this may be a CQC approved setting or an alternative setting arranged by the NHS. A designated setting is one that has suitable  infection control and is able to support the care needs of residents for the remainder of their isolation period.

We’re working closely with DHSC to ensure social care designated settings are appropriate.

This means that we will be checking if services are physically separating this group of residents, whether a dedicated workforce is in place and ensuring there’s an appropriate emphasis on ventilation.