This is a joint publication between Public Health Scotland and Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection (ARHAI) Scotland, part of NHS National Services Scotland.​

​This COVID-19 guidance for prison settings provides an overview of the public health measures that should be taken to prevent COVID-19 in Scottish prisons, including both residential and healthcare settings.

This guidance covers all prisons including private prisons contracted to the Scottish Prison Service (SPS). It does not extend to other places of detention, such as police custody, immigration detention centres or Children’s Secure Homes.

This guidance should be read alongside other relevant policy, guidance and legislation such as the Prison Rules and Directions (external website) and Healthcare Directions (external website).

NHS staff working within prison settings should follow the Scottish COVID-19 Community Health and Care Settings Infection Prevention and Control Addendum (external website) and COVID-19 guidance for primary care settings​.

Version 1.0 was co-produced with the SPS, Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection (ARHAI) Scotland and the NHS Prison Health Care Operational Group Chair.

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Last updated: 16 July 2021
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