Asymptomatic staff testing for COVID-19

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Asymptomatic staff testing is a core component of our Infection Prevention and Control guidance, which all organisations have a duty to adhere to.  Continued efforts are required to keep staff and patients safe from potential transmission of COVID-19 in healthcare settings, and other places where care is provided, by ensuring that all staff continue to participate in this important programme. The standard procedure (published 2 July) provides guidance on how lateral flow testing for asymptomatic testing for staff should be implemented and reported. The supporting frequently asked questions (FAQ) documents (published 2 July) provide responses to most commonly asked things by organisations and staff.  The previous standard operating procedures, FAQs and testing guide should only be referred for testing kits boxed in 25s which have been provided by organisations.

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This standard operating procedure (SOP) is part of our work to provide an integrated testing approach and resilience in NHS staff testing for asymptomatic NHS staff using LFDs on self-swab samples, it excludes staff who are part of any other testing programme or pilot.

Published 19 March 2021 and updated 23 July 2021 and 8 September 2021.

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For all lateral flow tests ordered from 5 July 2021 from GOV.UK.

Published 2 July 2021 and updated 8 September 2021.

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For all lateral flow tests ordered from 5 July 2021 from GOV.UK.

Published 2 July 2021 and updated 8 September 2021.

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For all lateral flow tests ordered from 5 July 2021 from GOV.UK.

Published 2 July 2021 and updated 8 September 2021.

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A standard operating procedure including methodology, implementation and a staff reporting template.

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Updated 28 January 2021.

FAQs relating to lateral flow antigen tests for patient-facing NHS staff. For all questions on HR processes following a positive test and related isolation questions, please refer to NHS Employers’ FAQs on asymptomatic staff testing.

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A brief guide from NHS Test and Trace and Health Education England for healthcare workers and agreed with experts, setting how the test can be self-administered.