Wider roll out of COVID-19 testing on asymptomatic staff

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Regular testing of asymptomatic patient-facing NHS staff is being rolled out to acute, community, ambulance, and mental health trusts following a pilot of 34 adopter trusts who began testing last week with invaluable feedback.

The lateral flow testing kits are self-administered and detect the presence of COVID-19 from a nasal swab sample.

The test should be taken twice weekly and the process takes no longer than five minutes with results returned within 30 minutes.  

This testing will support the NHS to control infection, reduce staff absenteeism and support COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 clinical pathways.

Trusts will be notified in advance of the delivery of the kits which should provide one box of 25 kits per patient-facing staff member.

NHS England and NHS Improvement has published a range of guidance including frequently asked questions and a staff tutorial video on how to successfully complete the test.

You can read further information on the sensitivity of lateral flow testing here.

For more information, see our asymptomatic testing web page.

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