Lateral Flow Device Workforce Testing
Did you know that up to one in three people who have COVID-19 can spread the virus without knowing?
This is because they have no symptoms. To reduce the spread of the virus, those individuals need to be identified. This can be done by carrying out Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests at home twice per week (3-4 days apart).
LFD Workforce Testing for Businesses with more than 10 employees
Businesses which have more than 10 employees can sign up to provide their own LFD workforce testing arrangement for employees who cannot work from home. Further information and an online expression of interest form is available on the Department of Health website.
LFD Workforce Testing for Businesses with less than 10 employees
Through assistance from the Department of Health, the Council will be making LFD test kits available for collection by small businesses (10 employees or less) who wish for their staff who cannot work from home to carry out testing at home. Each pack contains 7 tests, allowing an employee to test twice weekly for three and a half weeks. Each test pack will contain instructions on how to carry out the test and report the results online.
Reporting the results and available support
Employees will need to report the result of each test (whether the result is positive, negative or void) by logging onto the NHS Test & Trace self-report website: at www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result. Employees should also inform their employer of test results.
For further information and support on how to test and report test results as well as a video explaining how to take the test please visit www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-self-test-help
If an employee receives a positive result from a LFD test, they must book a PCR test within 24 hours to confirm the result. If they receive a void result from a LFD test they will need to repeat the test again.
LFD testing does not replace symptomatic testing. Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms should self-isolate immediately, book a PCR test (via the Public Health Agency website) at a testing centre and follow current guidance.
Why take part?
Taking part in LFD testing is entirely voluntary but Department of Health are strongly encouraging participation by all workplaces to reduce the spread of the virus.
If you are a small business with 10 employees or less and would like to avail of LFD test kits for your employees who cannot work from home, please complete the downloadable form, selecting which location you would prefer to collect your test packs from.
Completed forms should be emailed to email@example.com or posted to either of our Connect Centres as per the address details included on the downloadable form.
The NHS Privacy Notice, also available to download, sets out how your personal information will be processed in support of the NHS Test and Trace Programme.