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:

Symptomatic (you or household contact)

• a new continuous cough
• a high temperature
• a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

Symptomatic person and all household contacts must isolate. Symptomatic person (or parent of) contact OH/staff portal request a test page and be booked to attend CUH staff testing pod for a PCR swab test.

If test is negative, can return to normal activities/work (if feel well and have not had a temperature of 38oC or higher in the last 48 hours)

If positive, remain in isolation for 10 days

Schools and college age children and household contacts – Lateral Flow Testing kits Lateral flow tests (LFT) are being made available to this group.

If child has an LFT test AT school and tests positive they should return home isolate and all household contacts should isolate for 10 days

You must follow the instructions provided and alert the national test and trace team. They will advise on next steps.

You must also inform OH each time you receive a positive result.

If you or another member of the household becomes symptomatic, continue to isolate and contact OH to request a PCR swab test via the staff testing pods.

If child or household contact uses the LFT AT HOME and tests positive, all must isolate pending the result of a confirmatory PCR swab test Parent/household should follow instructions provided and alert the national test and trace team. They will advise on next steps.

You must also inform OH each time you receive a positive result.

If test is negative, can return to normal activities/work (if feel well and have not had a temperature of 38oC or higher in the last 48 hours)

If positive, remain in isolation for 10 days

Asymptomatic testing programme at CUH (PCR swab weekly tests) Continue to participate in weekly (twice weekly for high risk areas) PCR testing programme. This is the programme where you collect your pack of swabs from the food court (or delivered to your area) and you return the used swab to the red bins next to the testing pods. Continue as normal unless a positive result is returned.

You and your household contacts will need to isolate for 10 days from date of swab if this does occur.

If you are unsure or need further assistance please contact occupational health on 01223 216767.