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Latest guidance on managing the deceased

For funeral firms in England and Wales, Public Health England has published further updated guidance for those caring for deceased people known or suspected to have been infected with COVID-19.

  • England and Wales: Click here to visit the PHE guidance for care of the deceased ( last updated 12 May 2020).
  • Scotland: click here for links to guidance issued by the Scottish Government on 13 May.
  • Northern Ireland: interim guidance has been issued by Department of Health – Northern Ireland, click here to download a copy.

What’s new in the latest guidance?

The updated guidance (12 May) includes information on:
  • the PPE required for activities involved in the management of the deceased (including those undertaken by funeral directors) – see table below;
  • clarification of the language on the risk assessment;
  • with others where Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection is suspected or confirmed in the deceased so that funeral directors and others can assess their risk appropriately; and
  • guidance on where information should be shared.
The NAFD welcomes the greater clarity that this new update provides and also the introduction of the section on information sharing as this will further help funeral directors and their teams to work safely.

Testing of funeral service key workers

Funeral service employees are included in the list of front line workers that can be tested for COVID-19.  Click here to visit the portal to find out more and book a test. 

Accessing PPE

On 6 April, the Department for Health and Social Care and the Cabinet Office, confirmed that funeral directors in England and Wales will shortly be able to access stocks of PPE through their local resilience forum. 

Click here to find details of your local resilience forum.

The Scottish Government has also made provision for funeral firms to access emergency PPE stocks where needed. Click here to find out more.

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