Introduction of Lateral Flow Tests
In March 2021, Lateral Flow Tests (LFTs) for Covid-19 were made available to school staff, children and their household members as part of the return to education and easing of lockdown measures. These tests have also been available to NHS staff and employees of some other organisations. From early April 2021 there has been more widespread rollout and they are available to all adults in England.
They are not currently being provided to staff at CUH because we already have an established staff testing programme using PCR.
LFTs are being introduced for asymptomatic testing only. Anyone who has symptoms suggestive of Covid-19 must arrange a PCR swab. For CUH staff and their households this can be done via the Staff Symptomatic Testing Programme or via NHS Test and Trace , whichever is easier and quicker to access.
We have put the following summary table together to assist you in knowing what to do with each of the different testing routes and subsequent results. However, you should seek clarification from the education setting and follow their instructions also:
If you are unsure or need further assistance please contact occupational health on 01223 216767.