Updated 05 July 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.

If staff still have PCR swabs, they can drop these into the red bin if they develop symptoms. The red bin remains available for drop off 24/7 with regular collections.

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/

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 (LFD) 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

Staff who have run out of PCR multipack swabs will need to use Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests. LFD tests can be used for symptomatic testing. CUH staff are encouraged to continue to undertake twice weekly Lateral Flow Device (LFD) testing.

All positive lateral flow tests must be reported to Occupational Health by emailing OHCovidEnquiries@addenbrookes.nhs.uk (this inbox is not for general OH enquiries) – please do not phone the department unless you specifically need to. If you email the department with a question out of hours, we will respond as soon as we are able during normal working hours (Monday-Friday).

If you are emailing Occupational Health OHCovidEnquiries@addenbrookes.nhs.uk to report a positive Covid test, please include the following information in your email by copying it from below:

Date of birth:
Phone number:
Preferred email address:
Date of positive Covid test result:
Do you agree to us using this email address for communication about your test result and isolation?
Do you agree to your details being shared with H&S and sent to the HSE if required (RIDDOR reporting is required if it is likely that Covid was contracted at work)?
Area of work
Job role
Line Manager/Clinical lead
Were there any PPE breaches when caring for patients?
If yes, please add details
Name and contact details of any CUH close contacts (close contact definition – within 2 metres for a period of 15 minutes in the 48 hours before the onset of symptoms or positive asymptomatic test with both having masks off)
Have you had any known contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19?
If so, where, when and what PPE were you wearing?


It is advised you do NOT do a PCR Covid-19 test 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 Device (LFD) testing once you return to work after Covid-19 infection.