Asymptomatic staff testing for COVID-19

Following a pilot with 34 trusts we are rolling out, from the week beginning 16 November, further regular testing of asymptomatic patient-facing NHS staff to include all trusts including ambulance, mental health and community trusts. This is using lateral flow assay devices on nasal swab samples as part of an integrated testing approach and resilience in NHS staff testing. Trusts will be notified in advance of delivery. This will support the NHS to control infection, reduce staff absenteeism and support COVID-19 and non COVID-19 clinical pathways.

An updated standard operating procedure (SOP) is available, updated FAQs and updated guidance on self testing for staff.

A video that explains how to do the test can be found here on the NHS Learning Hub.