Updated 10 May 2022

Changes to symptomatic testing collection/drop off

The regular staff asymptomatic PCR screening programme has ended, however, all staff are asked to continue to test twice weekly using lateral flow device (LFD) testing kits.

The CUH and University testing pods have closed but swab packs are still available from the testing kiosk and the collections bins for swabs are still accessible 24/7.

Details of Trust processes for asymptomatic and symptomatic testing, and actions to take should you test positive for Covid-19 or have close contact with a case, can be found on the Staff Portal at: https://cuhstaffportal.co.uk/workforce-2/covid-19-staff-guidance-from-occupational-health/

Swab packs remain in use for:

  • symptomatic testing, should you develop symptoms
  • asymptomatic testing, only if requested by occupational health for staff working in areas where there is an outbreak or cluster of cases.

All CUH staff are encouraged to obtain a staff PCR swab multipack* as soon as possible. These swab packs can be collected from the staff screening kiosk between G2 and J2.

Asymptomatic staff testing

Following the changes to the National guidance for Staff who work in a healthcare setting https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-managing-healthcare-staff-with-symptoms-of-a-respiratory-infection/managing-healthcare-staff-with-symptoms-of-a-respiratory-infection-or-a-positive-covid-19-test-result We ask staff to participate in the NHS lateral flow process.

All patient facing CUH staff are actively encouraged to participate in twice weekly lateral flow device (LFD) testing. Patient facing staff does not only include clinical staff. If you have any patient contact as part of your job please order tests and undertake asymptomatic testing.

Lateral Flow Device Tests can be ordered from https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests for symptomatic testing by all NHS staff and for asymptomatic testing by patient facing staff.

Symptomatic staff testing

Staff with any, even minor, symptoms of Covid-19:

  • continuous cough
  • high temperature, fever or chills
  • loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell
  • shortness of breath
  • unexplained tiredness, lack of energy
  • muscle aches or pains that are not due to exercise
  • not wanting to eat or not feeling hungry
  • headache that is unusual or longer lasting than usual
  • sore throat, stuffy or runny nose
  • diarrhoea, feeling sick or being sick

should return one of their PCR multipack swabs to the red bin outside S-Block. Swabs are collected from these bins 24 hours per day, and can be deposited as soon as you develop symptoms.

*Staff must be registered or agree to be registered on MyChart


CUH PCR testing programme – for symptomatic staff and outbreak management (PCR multipack swabs)

We ask all staff working on site to register with the CUH PCR testing programme.

This can be done by attending the PCR multipack swab kiosk located in the corridor between ­­­­G2 and J2, as shown on the map below.

Please be aware you will be issued with one pack of four PCR swabs only. Please do not use PCRs for routine asymptomatic testing, though we do recommend you have a pack at home in case you develop symptoms or are requested to do an asymptomatic test if there is an outbreak in your area of work.




The kiosk is open:

Mondays 11:00 – 13:00 (excluding bank holidays)
Tuesdays 09:00 – 16:00
Wednesdays 11:00 – 13:00
Thursdays 09:00 – 16:00
Fridays 09:00 – 16:00



If you can’t attend the kiosk, please email covidmultiscreen@addenbrookes.nhs.uk with your full name, DOB, address, email address and contact phone number.

All positive lateral flow tests must be reported to occupational health on 01223 216767 or ohschelp@addenbrookes.nhs.uk.

It is advised you do NOT take part in the asymptomatic PCR Covid-19 screening programme for 90 days following a positive result, as you may continue to test positive although not be infectious. However, you should resume regular lateral flow testing once you return to work after Covid-19 infection.