Lateral Flow Testing

It is great news for us all and our community that lateral flow tests are now available for front line staff. Together, we can act more quickly to prevent the spread of the virus.

Lateral flow tests are rapid turnaround tests that can process swabs for COVID-19 without the need for laboratory equipment, with most generating results in under half an hour.

These tests have already been piloted at a number of NHS trusts across England and are now available to all patient facing staff here at the Trust.

The test itself is quick and relatively easy to use, but we strongly urge everyone to watch the NHS Learning Hub tutorial all the way through before commencing the self-swab process. This will help to ensure the tests are carried out correctly, and the results are as accurate and reliable as possible.

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How do I record the results of the test?

Every time a test is taken, this simple online form must be completed – this is required whether the test is positive, negative or void.

Please use this guidance to help you access and complete the form.

If you have a positive test, please do the following:

  1. Contact your Line Manager
  2. Contact Occupational Health on 534029 who will organise a follow up test for you.
  3. Stay at home and do not come into work
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Unsure on your privacy rights then view the Staff Privacy Notice.

More information about these tests is available on the NHS website including:

If you have questions that cannot be answered through the FAQs and guide, please email the Lateral Flow Staff Self-Test helpdesk via: iownt.covidstafftests@nhs.net or telephone the Help Line on 01983 534073.

What will it involve?

Staff will be testing themselves twice weekly every three to four days to fit with their shift patterns and leave requirements, for example, Wednesday and Sunday or Monday and Thursday.

For further help view the Staff User Guide.

How do I record the results of the test?

Every time a test is taken, this simple online form must be completed – this is required whether the test is positive, negative.or void.
Please use this guidance to help you access and complete the form.

If you test positive then please inform Occupational Health immediately on 534029 or email iownt.occupationalhealth@nhs.net.

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