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Latest guidance on managing the deceased

Updates to guidance for those caring for deceased people known or suspected to have been infected with COVID-19 continues to be published by Public Health England (for England and Wales), the Scottish Government and the Department of Health Northern Ireland periodically.

The latest guidance can be accessed as follows:

  • 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: updated interim guidance was issued by Department of Health – Northern Ireland, on 2 July, click here to download a copy.

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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