Coronavirus testing for staff

A method of testing staff for Coronavirus using saliva has been rolled out across Lancashire and South Cumbria. The Government has asked NHS Trusts located in areas with high infection rates to put arrangements in place for the testing of all staff (twice a week from 20 September 2021.) The aim is to reduce the spread of the virus in hospitals and care areas to keep our staff and patients as safe as possible.

Why you need to get tested

Some people can have the virus without symptoms (asymptomatic) and pass it on without knowing. We need to reduce the risk of this happening across NHS services, therefore all patient facing employees will be required to get tested twice a week.

If you are currently working in the NHS in this area, in a patient facing role and feel well, you need to get tested.

Every effort is being made to make the process of testing as quick, easy and pain free as possible for you. Work is progressing at pace to make saliva testing available to all Trusts across Lancashire and South Cumbria. You will be notified when this method of testing is available to you. In the meantime, please refer to the local arrangements that your organisation has put in place or find further guidance to testing.

Registering and getting started with testing 

The registration process has been improved to make it as quick and easy as possible for you to sign up and get started.  

Current Users 

The app you originally used for testing is no longer working.  You will need to download the latest version of the app from the app/play store, search 'HiPRES'.  You will need to enter your personal details and you will then be ready to use the app for testing.  Please allow access to your camera and notifications.  

Remember to delete the old app once you have done the upgrade. This is usually done by holding it down.   

New Users 

If you haven't already signed up for saliva testing and want to register you will be able to download the app from the app store that you use on your phone/device. Search for 'HiPRES' in the store and please allow access to your camera and notifications.   

If you aren't a techy person and feel that you will need some support to sign up or don't want to use an app, there are super users in your organisation who can help you - just ask your Covid-19 testing lead who they are. 

If you are using an Apple device please ensure that you are on V11 or above of the operating system.  This is the minimum operating system that the app needs to function. Unfortunately the app cannot be used on Huawei devices but you can still take part - please ask a colleague to administer the test for you.  

Registration 

Once you have downloaded/upgraded to the latest version of the app you will need to enter your personal details to register. This will take a few minutes. 

  • Open the app and click on the blue link that says ‘sign up’ then enter your work email address and a password. This needs to be 8 characters long and contain one special character (do not use £), one upper case letter and one number. Then click register.
  • You will receive a verification code by email. Enter this code into the box and then click verify. If you can’t see this in your inbox check your junk folder.  You then need to add your personal details. You can click the blue button to look up your NHS number. Or if you know what it is, type it in and click verify.
  • You can find your NHS number on hospital letters, prescriptions and if you use an app for GP services. You can also look it up at www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/online-services/find-nhs-number/
  • Once verified, you will see a green tick and you can click ‘next’ at the bottom of the screen. Then enter your phone number(s) and click next.
  • You will then be asked to enter details about where you work including your manager’s details. Complete all the fields and ensure contact details are accurate. Then click ‘Next’.
  • You will then be asked to select if you are testing yourself only (personal) or if you want to test others too (clinical and personal.) Select an option, then click next.
  • Enter your email address and password. Then click ‘sign in.’ Select if you are testing yourself (personal testing) or someone else (clinical session.)
  • If you select ‘clinical and personal’ you will be asked to accept some terms and conditions. Tick the box then click next. 

Testing Yourself

  • From the list of pathways, click ‘Covid Tests’ then select ‘LAMP saliva’ from the list. You will see your personal details, check they are correct (modify if needed) then click next to continue.
  • The first time you do this, you will be asked for consent. Make your selections then click next.  
  • Click ‘scan barcode on vial’ then scan the barcode and the number will appear in the box. You then need to choose where you want to drop your sample off and click next.   
  • A summary screen will then appear. Press the small arrow icon to review all information then press submit.

Testing Others

  • Once you have logged in, select ‘Administer to Others’ then select ‘perform LAMP saliva test.’
  • Enter the person’s NHS number, date of birth and click ‘look up.’  (NHS numbers can be looked up at www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/online-services/find-nhs-number/)
  • Check that the details that appear are correct and ensure that you enter the person’s email and phone number correctly because that is where the results will be sent to. Then click next.
  • The consents screen will then appear. Select the options then press ‘next.’
  • Click ‘scan barcode on vial’ then scan the bar code. The number will appear in the box. Then select the drop location and click next.
  • A summary screen will come up, review that all the details are correct then click ‘submit.’

​​​Further Support 

You can find answers to any queries that you have in the 'Frequently Asked Questions' section of this website along with 'how to videos.' 

If you experience any issues during the registration process, the Referral Management Centre team can help you. They can also support you with:

  • Downloading the app to your phone/tablet
  • Finding your NHS number
  • Following up results

You can email the team, just remember to include your full name, a contact number and an explanation of the issue. The team will respond to your email with a solution, or call you if necessary.

If your query is urgent please call 01772 325100 and select Option 3.  Calls will be dealt with as quickly as possible or a call back will be arranged. The team is available Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm.  

The LAMP COVID-19 Testing - Joint Privacy Notice can be found here.

Before you get started

  1. You need to pick up a testing kit.These are being made widely available across all sites that are taking part. Pick up a good supply of these kits so that you have one to hand for several weeks.

  2. You will need your NHS number. You can get this from a prescription, an appointment letter, the MyGP app, the MyNHS app or by following this link (opens in a new window). It is important that you check the NHS number that is returned for you during the registration process is correct.

  3. You will need your work email address.

When you can get your saliva test

Saliva testing is being rolled out gradually to all hospital trusts in Lancashire and South Cumbria, North West Ambulance Service and Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS FT as the main provider of mental health and community services in the area. Please find your Trust on the list below to see when saliva testing will be available to you and your colleagues.

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals

Available 

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals

Available 

East Lancashire Teaching Hospitals

Available 

University Hospitals Morecambe Bay

Available 

Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS FT

Available

North West Ambulance Service

Available 

Other providers delivering local services

Please refer to local arrangements in your Trust for now.

 

 

Do the test when it is most convenient for you but remember, the fresher the sample the better.

You might want to do the test before you leave home to start a shift, you can then drop the sample off on your way in. Ideally, aim to drop the sample as quickly as you can after doing the test and it will be picked up shortly after.

Please avoid doing the sample and leaving it for hours before dropping it off. This could give you an inconclusive result and you would have to repeat the test.    

The sample pots provide a ‘fill line’ and you need to make sure that you put enough saliva in to reach the line. The laboratory cannot do the test on samples that contain phlegm or sputum so please try and make sure your sample is clear to avoid it being rejected and you having to retest.

Do not eat, drink or smoke for 10 minutes prior to collecting the sample. Samples need to be collected prior to any oral hygiene being carried out. So please don’t brush your teeth or use mouthwash prior to giving your sample.

Please note that new Drop Zones will be added all the time, so please check back.

If you work across sites you can deposit your sample in any Drop Zone. 

Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre

  • Scrub Hub (BVH)
  • Halo – A&E Entrance (BVH)
  • Oliver’s Restaurant (BVH) 
  • Outpatients Department (BVH) 
  • Women and Children's Reception (BVH)
  • Ambulance Crew Entrance, A&E (BVH)
  • Cardiac Reception (BVH)
  • Pathology Reception (BVH)
  • Cleveleys Health Centre
  • Lytham Primary /Health Care Centre
  • Moor Park Health and Leisure Centre
  • Poulton Clinic
  • QVC Site - Queen Victoria Centre
  • South Shore Primary Care
  • St Annes Primary Care Centre
  • Blackpool Stadium
  • Thornton Health Centre
  • Whitegate Health Centre
  • Fleetwood Hospital
  • Freckleton Health Centre
  • Garstang Medical Centre

Central and West Lancashire

Royal Preston Hospital 

  • Main Entrance (Blue Street)
  • Gordon Hesling Entrance (Green Street West)
  • Green Street East (St Clare’s Entrance)
  • Rosemere Cancer Centre Entrance
  • Sharoe Green Unit Entrance

Chorley Hospital

  • Main Entrance
  • Preston New Road Entrance
  • ATC Entrance
  • Old Chorlies Restaurant Entrance

Colleagues that are using the drop-bins at these hospital sites can park in the visitors car park for 30 minutes. You do not need to go to any pay point to add your car registration.

Preston Business Centre:  Front Foyer Entrance (Garden side not car park)

East Lancashire and ​​Blackburn with Darwen

Royal Blackburn Hospital

  • Main entrance (level 1) 
  • Pharmacy entrance (level 1) 
  • Grane restaurant (level 2) 
  • Park View offices 
  • UCC 
  • Emergency Department (side entrance level 1) 

Burnley General Hospital 

  • Women's and Newborn Centre 
  • Phase 5 entrance 
  • Old outpatients 
  • Edith Watson 
  • Edith Watson (bottom entrance/exit) 
  • Fairhurst Building 
  • Wlson Hey 
  • UCC 

Satellite Sites 

  • Accrington Victoria Hospital (main entrance) 
  • Clitheroe Community Hospital (main entrance)  
  • Pendle Community Hospital, Nelson (main entrance)
  • Rossendale Primary Health Care Centre (main entrance) 
  • St Peters Centre, Burnley (main entrance) 
  • Barbara Castle Way Health Centre, Blackburn (main entrance) 

North West Ambulance Service

  • NWAS Manchester and 111 Service - Top Floor, Sefton House, Horwich 
  • NWAS Broughton 
  • NWAS Estuary Point, Liverpool 
  • NWAS Carlisle, Salkeld Hall
  • NWAS Fylde Coast, Blackpool Ambulance Service on Waterloo Road 
  • NWAS East Lancashire, George Street West 
  • NWAS Greater Manchester, Robin Park Road, Wigan 
  • NWAS Greater Manchester, Ladybridge Hall, Chorley 
  • NWAS Cheshire and Merseyside, Church Road, Formby 

Lancashire & South Cumbria Foundation Trust

Central & West 

  • Chorley District Mental Health Inpatient
  • Chorley District Perinatal Unit
  • 16 Euxton Lane
  • 18 Euxton Lane
  • Adlington Clinic
  • Bamber Bridge Clinic
  • Buckshaw Health Centre
  • Chorley Union St Offices
  • Charnley Fold House
  • Chorley Health Centre
  • Coppull Clinic
  • Leyland Clinic
  • Leyland House
  • Lingmell House
  • Pathways
  • Penwortham Health Centre
  • Ribble House
  • Sceptre Point
  • Shawbrook House
  • Westfields
  • Wordsworth Terrace
  • Ashton Health Centre
  • Astra Park - medical records
  • Avondale Unit (CRF, MHUAC, Skylark)
  • Brookfield Clinic
  • Ellen House
  • Fulwood Clinic
  • Geoffrey St Health Centre
  • Guild Lodge Mental Health Inpatient
  • Parlick Centre
  • Lantern Centre
  • 93 Garstang Rd - Learning Disability Service
  • Longridge Community Hospital
  • Minerva Health Centre
  • Oxford Annex
  • Preston Healthport
  • Ribbleton Clinic
  • Ringway Dental Centre
  • West Strand House
  • Birleywood Health Centre
  • Brookside Residential Centre
  • Burscough Health Centre
  • Hants Lancs Clinic
  • Hillside Health Centre
  • Ormskirk DGH - Bickerstaff House
  • Ormskirk DGH - Child Development Centre
  • Ormskirk DGH - SIPU

Fylde Coast 

  • Dock Street - Fleetwood
  • Lytham EMI
  • Mountcroft Resource Centre
  • Shorelands
  • The Gateway
  • The Harbour
  • Whitegate Drive Health Centre
  • Woodlands

Pennine Lancashire 

  • Barbara Castle Way
  • Bridge House
  • Daisyfield Mill
  • Darwen Resource Centre (1st Floor)
  • Royal Blackburn Hospital - Pendleview
  • Royal Blackburn Hospital - Hillview
  • Darwen Health Centre
  • Gannow Lane
  • The Mount
  • Oak House Dental
  • Burnley Wood
  • Balladen House
  • Pendle House
  • Acorn Primary Care Centre
  • Bacup Primary Care Centre
  • St Peters Centre
  • Shadsworth Children's Centre

The Bay 

  • College House
  • Duddon House
  • Fairfield Clinic
  • Dane Garth - Barrow-in-Furness
  • Kinta Annex
  • Westmorland General Hospital - (Garburn)
  • Barrow in Furness General Hospital
  • Murley Moss - Kirkstone House
  • Murley Moss -  Honister House (LDNP)
  • Alfred Barrow
  • Altham Meadows
  • De Vitre
  • The Orchard
  • North and East barn
  • Ross Children Centre
  • The Cove
  • Victoria House
  • White Cross Cameron
  • Willow Lane
  • Longlands Child Development Centre

Gold Command 

Jubilee House, Leyland 

Pathology Collaboration 

Croston House, Leyland 

North Lancashire and South Cumbria

Details coming – please check back


 

Watch this video about how to give a good sample: 

Watch this video about bagging and sealing your sample:

Results

The aim is to provide your results 24 hours from you dropping off your sample.  

If you get a positive result

Your line manager and occupational health services will be notified (if you consented) and will contact you to offer support. They will also alert any colleagues and patients that you have been in contact with so that they can take the necessary steps. You will also need to isolate and notify any friends, family and others that you have been in contact with.

Find the latest guidance on isolation (opens in a new window) along with self-care information to follow if you start to feel unwell. You will be advised on when to test again.  

 

Negative result – you will be asked to repeat the test again as per your usual pattern.

Inconclusive result – you will be asked to repeat the test as soon as possible.

 

About the technology

The technology being used to do the testing is known as LAMP (Loop-mediated Isothermal AMPlification). It is designed to test samples of saliva. One machine and one 8 hour shift of staff can process more than 1000 samples.  

Thank you to our partners

A multi-agency task team was set up in response to the Government’s requirement to test the whole frontline workforce. There has been a fantastic response from partner organisations to get this in place to support the NHS locally. The University of Central Lancashire has provided state of the art laboratory facilities and a highly skilled workforce comprising bio-medical students and other experts to do the testing. Local military liaison officers provided expertise in planning the set up and logistics and the Centre of Defence Pathology have played a key role in providing specialist bio-medical training. The input of these partners has been pivotal in establishing the testing programme at the pace and scale required. NHS providers from across the county have worked together tirelessly to deliver this programme of work and the Lancashire and South Cumbria Pathology Collaboration has formed a key part of the project team as well as providing essential clinical oversight.

The information provided here refers to the saliva testing programme in Lancashire & South Cumbria to detect Covid-19.

An app is used to do the test and you will need to download this or you can ask someone who has the app to administer the test for you.  These FAQs have been updated (November 2021) to provide guidance about an upgrade that has been made to the app to improve the registration process.  The upgrade has also increased the functionality of the app and made it easier to use.   

More details are provided below about how to register, using the app and what to do if you don’t have the app.

Registration and About the App 

Please note that the app can be downloaded to both Apple and Android devices.  If you are using Apple please ensure that you are on V11 or above of the operating system.  This is the minimum operating system that the app needs to function. Unfortunately the app cannot be used on Huawei devices but you can still take part - please ask a colleague to administer the test for you.   

I am new to saliva testing, what do I need to do to register and get the app?

First of all, make sure that your phone/device is compatible (see above) and you also need to have your NHS number to hand. You can download the app from the store that you normally use on your device, search for ‘HiPRES.’

Once you have downloaded the app, you will need to enter some personal details. This will take a few minutes, just follow the steps on screen.

If you need extra guidance to get set up, please see below for links to video and written instructions.

Please check the FAQs for any additional information that you need. If it isn’t covered please go to ‘Contact Us’ to get in touch.

I am already registered for saliva testing and have the app.  Is there anything that I need to do?

Thank you for being a fully signed up member of the Spit it Out Squad! We have made improvements and upgrades to the app following feedback received from users.  The app you originally used for testing is no longer working.  You will need to download the app from the app/play store, please see the instructions above.  

Once you have downloaded it you will need to quickly add your details following the steps on screen and then you will be ready to carry on testing. Thank you for continuing to test twice a week.

Once you are up and running with the new app, please delete the old one. This is usually done by pressing down on the app and you will see the option to delete it.

Is there still a need to register on the Nexus Intelligence website before downloading the app?

No. From 15 November, the Nexus Intelligence website will no longer be in use. When the upgrade to the app is made the full registration process is done in the app in several easy steps that takes just a few minutes to complete.  

I followed the steps on screen to register but I need more help and guidance, where can I find this?   

You may find it helpful to watch these short instruction videos: 

1.       Creating Clinical/Professional Profile (v2)

2.       Creating a Public Profile (v2)

3.       Testing Yourself as a Clinical/Professional Worker (v2)

4.       Testing Yourself as a General User (v2)

5.       Testing Another Person (v2)

Source MP4 videos (v2) can be downloaded from here (v2).

There is also some written guidance that you can follow too which shows the steps through the different screens.

​​​​​​​What if am still experiencing issues or struggling?

If you experience any difficulties with registering or using the app, help is available by emailing healthierlsc.spititout@nhs.net (please give your name, contact number and summary of the issue) or for urgent queries call 01772 325100 (Option 3.)

What if I don’t have a phone/tablet, or my phone is not compatible or I don’t want to use the app?

You can still get tested.  There are ‘super users’ of the app in each area who can process the test for you by using their work phone to log your sample. Ideally you will need to have your NHS number available or you can use your date of birth to look up your details. 

How can I get my NHS number? 

Your NHS number can be found on prescriptions, appointment letters and apps like MyGP and MyNHS. You can also visit www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/online-services/find-nhs-number/ to look it up.

I don’t know if I should opt ‘test myself’ only or if I should select ‘test myself and others?

It is totally up to you.  If you think it would be useful to have the option to administer the test for colleagues in your work area then choose this option. The more accessible and easier it is for people to get tested, the more they will do so and that makes our care areas safer for everyone.  If you change your mind you can always amend your settings and preferences in the app at a later date.  See below for details about how to alter your preferences/settings.   

When I first registered to use the app I opted to only administer to myself. I now want to be able to administer to someone else, how do I change this?

You can do this in the app and you need to opt for ‘clinically/professionally’. You also need to ensure that your profile email is a work email address as to be a ‘super user’ you need to be registered with a trusted email domain i.e. @nhs.net or @lthtr.nhs.uk  

This will then send a verification code to your email address and once input will open up the ‘test others pathway.’ Please refer to the training videos for further information.  If you have any issues check your junk mail and also check with your IT department to ensure that this pathway isn’t blocked.

What if I want to receive my results alert to my mobile phone and not my email?

You can select how you want to be notified of your results in the app and you can also change/update your details too.

How is the upgraded app better/different to what was available before?

We have listened to your feedback and made changes so that the app is easier to use and provides greater functionality. 

You said – the process for registering is too long winded, it needs to be quicker and easier to do!

When the new app goes live the registration process will all be done ‘in app’ by simply typing in the required information on each screen. There will be no need to enter details onto a separate website or scan QR codes. It is much simpler and faster. New and existing registrants will have to enter their details the first time they use the app. It takes several minutes to do and then you are ready for testing.

You said – I want to be able to manage/change my own password without having to phone or email someone to do this.

Passwords and contact details can now be changed by the user in the app.   

You said – I don’t want to keep getting reminders about testing if I am not in work!

If you are not in work for whatever reason, you can ‘pause the pathway’ until you return.

Another great advantage of the new HiPRES app is that it will be used in the future for many other pathways.  If you are a clinician and already registered on the app, you will be able to access these pathways too if your role requires this.

Why can't I download the app on my Android phone?

For security reasons, Android phones require that the device has a passcode for data protection.  Please set up a password on your phone (4 digit code or finger print) then you will be able to use HiPRES.

I am having issues downloading the HiPRES app?

Try deleting the old app before downloading the new one.

I have an error message appearing when I complete my personal details, what shall I do?

Try inputting your phone number without the zero.

I have a Huawei phone and cannot download the app?

Unfortunately Huawei phones are not able to support the HiPRES app. Please use a different device if possible. Or you can ask a ‘super user’ colleague to administer the test for you.

I have scanned a QR code to download the app but it is not working/directing me to download the HiPRES app?

Please search for HiPRES in the Google/Play/App store to download the app.

I received an error message when accessing the ‘look up option’ by name?

Auto fill cannot be used to choose names as it leaves a space after the name. Please ensure that you type your name in manually.

About Testing   

Why are we being asked to do this?

Coronavirus continues to have a massive impact on our lives and we need to do everything we can to stop the spread especially in our hospitals and frontline services during the winter months.  Some people can have the virus without feeling unwell or displaying any symptoms (asymptomatic) and this can result in the virus spreading.  The Government has asked those areas where there are high rates of infection to put measures in place for the weekly testing of patient facing NHS staff.  Lancashire and South Cumbria was identified as one of 11 areas nationally to roll this out. 

How is the testing being done?

The technology being used is known as LAMP (Loop-mediated Isothermal AMPlification). It is designed to test samples of saliva. One machine and one 8 hour shift of staff can process more than 1000 samples, and we are setting up 6 machines as soon as we can. A laboratory has been set up at the University of Central Lancashire and will be staffed by bio-medical scientists and students with the right training and safeguards. This will take the pressure off NHS pathology labs which are already working at maximum capacity due to the pandemic.

How do I get a saliva test?

Initially this invite could come via your line manager or the testing lead for your organisation and they will give you clear guidance about what to do. Going forwards, we will be using an app to send notifications to employees to get tested (after you have provided your first sample.) So please get registered and download the app as soon as you can so that you are ready. 

Can all staff get the saliva test?

Saliva testing is now available to all NHS staff working in provider organisations within Lancashire and South Cumbria. The testing has also been made available to staff working for North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) and some partner organisations.  

How will I know when the option to have a saliva test is open to me?

If you are in the first cohort of employees to be tested your line manager will let you know that you are able to take the test. In the meantime, please refer to the local arrangements that your Trust has put in place for testing.    

How often do I need to get tested?

From 20 September 2021, all staff who are registered on the saliva testing programme will be asked to take a saliva test twice a week. This aligns the guidance for saliva testing to the national testing frequency that is in place for lateral flow devices to reduce confusion amongst sectors by applying a consistent approach.  Increasing the frequency of testing may also help to reduce the risk of transmission of the virus as we move into the busy winter period. This will help us to keep our care areas safe as you can have the virus and pass it on even when you do not have symptoms.  

Where can I get the testing packs from?

Packs will be widely available within your workplace. We have asked all Trusts to provide details of where to collect testing packs from and will share this at www.healthierlsc.co.uk/CoronavirusSalivaTestingForStaff along with details of drop zones (if provided by Trusts.)  You may want to get a supply of saliva testing packs to see you through several weeks/a few months.  

How much spit do I need to provide?

The sample pots provide a ‘fill line’ and you need to make sure that you put enough saliva in to reach the line. The laboratory cannot do the test on samples that contain phlegm or sputum so please try and make sure your sample is clear to avoid it being rejected and you having to retest.

My mouth is quite dry.  How can I make sure I have enough saliva to do the test properly?

To provide a good sample, relax and take your time. To encourage saliva production, you can rub the inside of your cheeks with your tongue and/or gently massage your cheeks.

To help produce enough saliva, imagine you are eating or move your mouth as though you are chewing. This will help the build-up of saliva.  Tilt your head forward to allow the saliva to collect in the front of your mouth. Spit into the collection pot without coughing saliva from your throat.

Do not eat, drink or smoke for 10 minutes prior to collecting the sample.  Samples need to be collected before any oral hygiene being carried out. So please don’t brush your teeth or use mouthwash.    

When should I do the sample?

Early adopter sites will be guided though this. Going forwards, do the test when it is most convenient for you. This might be before you leave home to start a shift, you can then drop the sample off before you start. It does need to be as fresh as possible so please consider this and drop it off as quickly as you can – don’t leave it in your car for hours/over a full shift and then drop it off later as it is likely to give an inconclusive result and you will have to repeat the process.

Where are the Drop Zones?

Local arrangements will be put in place initially. Please ask the people who are supporting the testing in your work area.

If you travel across multiple sites you can deposit your sample at any Drop Zone at any site. The app will ask you where you want to drop your sample. If you change your mind and drop it somewhere else, it doesn’t matter.   

If provided by Trusts, details of drop zones will be made available at www.healthierlsc.co.uk/CoronavirusSalivaTestingForStaff

How do I get the results and how quickly?

The aim is to notify you 24 hours from you dropping off your sample. Therefore, in the event of a positive result, immediate action can be taken to support you.

What do I do if I get a positive result?

Your line manager and occupational health services will be notified (if you have consented to this) and will contact you to offer support. They will also alert any colleagues and patients that you have been in contact with to take the necessary steps. You will need to isolate and notify any friends, family and others that you have been in contact with. You can find the latest guidance on isolation at www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19 along with self-care information to follow if you start to feel unwell.  

People who have tested positive should be exempt from routine re-testing by LAMP within a period of 28 days from their initial illness onset or test (if asymptomatic) unless they develop new COVID-19 symptoms. This is because fragments of inactive virus can be detected after a person has completed their isolation period and is no longer infectious.

Please note, a negative test result does not exclude Coronavirus infection and there is a chance that you may be infectious. Continued compliance with current infection control guidelines is required.

What if my sample gets lost?

The chance of this happening is low as each test has an identifier that is personal to you. If you have used the app to submit a test the lab will be expecting your sample. You will be notified if it is not received. In this event you will be asked to do the test again.

What if the test does not give a result?

If the sample is not big enough, fresh enough or if it has phlegm in it, it may not be possible to get a conclusive test result. If this happens you will be notified and asked to do the test again. 

What if I don’t want to have the test?

You have the option to not take part in the testing.  However, it is something that we are urging all staff to do.  There are a significant number of people who carry the virus without symptoms and they do not feel unwell. So there is a risk that if you work with patients and closely with other team members, you could spread the virus to them without knowing. The more we can control the spread, the better chance we have of protecting each other and our NHS.  

What if I am absent from work for whatever reason – how do I stop the reminders about testing if I am not in?

If you are not in work for whatever reason, you can ‘pause the pathway’ until you return.

How long do we have to carry on with testing?  

The testing programme will continue to evolve depending on the need locally and nationally.  As long as the virus is around we will need to keep up a concerted effort to reduce the spread and testing is a crucial part of doing this. 

Will it really make a difference?

Yes! Any steps we can take to reduce the spread will make a difference. If you have the virus and do not know you could pass the virus on many times during the course of a working day. If a positive result is identified, action can be taken immediately to reduce the risk of it being spread further. We know that repeat testing can be troublesome – that’s why we are trying to do this via an app and make as easy as possible and widely available to as many people as possible.  Offering a test that uses saliva instead of the nose/throat swab will hopefully mean that more employees will get the test which will help to reduce the spread.    

How effective is saliva testing in detecting coronavirus?

The Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification (LAMP) test is helpful in detecting individuals who have no symptoms, but who could infect others. The LAMP can detect 95/100 individuals when there is a significant amount of the virus present in saliva.

How is this being funded?

The Department of Health and Social Care have provided funding so that extensive testing can be carried out in those areas where there are high levels of infection. 

Do I have to have a swab test and saliva testing?

Once you are registered for the new method of saliva testing this will replace the need for you to have the swab test. You will be asked to have a saliva test twice a week. Some organisations may ask you to do a swab test in the event of a positive saliva test.   

Can my family have the saliva test?

At this stage, the saliva test is being made available to NHS employees. If you have a family member that needs a test, please visit www.healthierlsc.co.uk/CoronavirusTesting to find out what they need to do.

Please note that these FAQs are regularly refreshed due to the dynamic nature of the project. For the latest FAQs please visit www.healthierlsc.co.uk/CoronavirusSalivaTestingForStaff

 

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