Rapid Flow Testing Update

Further to our guidance issued on the 05 March 2021 we would like to update you regarding the latest news on Rapid Lateral Flow Testing.

The government has made this test much more accessible and it is now available to anyone in England who does not have symptoms of coronavirus (remember if you have coronavirus symptoms, you need a different test called a PCR test.

The Rapid Lateral Flow Test usually involves rubbing a long cotton bud (swab) over your tonsils (or where they would have been) and inside your nose.  The tests can give you a result in 30 minutes as they use a device similar to a pregnancy test and do not need to be sent to a lab.  You can do a rapid test at home or at a rapid lateral flow test site. If you do the tests at home, you’ll need to report your results online or on the phone – even if the results are negative.

Remember; If you test positive, you and anyone you live with will need to self-isolate and follow the latest government guidelines. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-and-treatment/

For staff on long-term assignments you will be asked by the school you are working at to conduct Rapid Laterall Flow tests.  The test will be provided by your school.

For staff that are working on day to day assignments, we would advise that you obtain test kits and test yourself twice weekly, Every Sunday and Wednesday or a day which corresponds best to your normal weekly work pattern.

Test kits are now available online or from your local Pharmacy or test site.  You can collect up to 2 packs of 7 tests from a local pharmacy or test site:

• You can get a pack of 7 tests sent to your home. Order rapid lateral flow home test kits on GOV.UK
• find a pharmacy where you can collect rapid tests
• find a test site where you can collect rapid tests

Why is it important to get regularly tested?
About 1 in 3 people with coronavirus do not have symptoms but can still infect others.
Getting tested regularly is the only way to know if you have the virus. If people test positive and self-isolate, it helps stop the virus spreading.

Please note Rapid Lateral Flow Testing is not compulsory.  Staff who decline to participate in a testing programme should follow the usual national guidelines on self-isolation and anyone should get tested if they show symptoms.

Please could you inform us if you are conducting Rapid Flow Testing by replying to this email noting the usual days of the week you take the test.

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