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Update on mental capacity and DoLS guidance

Yesterday (27 April) the Department of Health and Social Care said: 'Following the easing of some restrictions on 12 April, as part of government’s planned roadmap out of the current lockdown, we have updated both our Mental Capacity Act and deprivation of liberty safeguards during the pandemic guidance and additional guidance in relation to our advice for professionals visiting care homes and hospitals to say that visits by professionals can occur when needed and that they should be supported wherever it is possible to do so safely. This guidance is now in line with wider guidance on care home visiting and guidance on testing for professionals visiting care homes, which were both updated on the 22 April, reminding people that they should work closely with care homes to decide if visiting is appropriate, that they should be tested on the door of the first care home they visit that day, and that testing is only one part of the approach to reduce risk.'