COVID-19 Testing – Local Process updated

COVID-19 Testing – Local Process updated

May 1, 2020

There are two routes that key workers who are self-isolating as they or a member of their family have symptoms of COVID-19 can book a test. They can use the national self-referral portal which launched last Thursday or they can use a locally set up employer referral route which is being co-ordinated by CCG’s on the North and South Bank of the river. The LPC recommends that pharmacy contractors refer their self-isolating staff for a test through the CCG co-ordinated route  as this gives preferential booking status unlike the self-referral route.

Pharmacies located in Hull CCG and East Riding CCG should follow the process and complete and email the template which can be found in the Hull and East Riding section on our COVID-19 testing page on the link below.

Pharmacies located in North Lincolnshire CCG and North East Lincolnshire CCG should follow the process and complete and email the template which can be found in the North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire CCG section on our COVID-19 testing page on the link below.

If you have an employee who cannot drive or be driven to the testing centre then a home test can be requested but this can only be done through the national self-referral site which can be accessed via:

https://self-referral.test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk/

This guidance differs from that you may have seen from PSNC as currently small employers such as community pharmacies are not able to register their company on the employers referral portal at this stage as only major employers are eligible currently. This may change in the future and we will inform you at that stage

There is a possibility of false negatives from this test largely due to the swabbing process. Guidance to employers from PHE about negative results is contained within the document on the following link:

https://communitypharmacyhumber.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2020/04/DsPH_Humber_Testing_Briefing_Final-V9-28-April-2020-2.pdf

All the documents referred to above plus other useful information about COVID-19 testing for employers can be found on our website on the link below. If you experience any problems or have any questions relating to COVID-19 testing then please contact Paul Robinson (Chair of Humber LPC) who is in daily contact with the testing team by email at: paul.robinson29@nhs.net

Click here to visit our COVID-19 testing page

 



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