Regular Covid-19 lateral flow home testing is available to all patient-facing staff, in line with national requirements.

Testing is voluntary, but we strongly advise all patient-facing staff take part to help keep patients and colleagues safe.

It is a legal requirement for anyone taking the tests to report their results twice a week (including negative results). We have a statutory duty to report this information nationally to help evaluate the impact of testing and correlate with other data to track the virus.

Reporting your results also supports our internal processes. When a positive result is reported through the online system, it automatically sends a notification to the Incident Management Team to enable accurate recording. It also triggers our internal track and trace process.

We know some people with Covid-19 can be completely asymptomatic or not develop symptoms until days after they catch it. Testing all patient-facing staff gives us the opportunity to make sure staff are not inadvertently putting colleagues or patients at risk.


Staff who ARE included:

Staff who ARE NOT included:

  • All community or inpatient clinical staff (doctors, nurses, healthcare assistants, allied health professionals, including podiatrists, phlebotomists, students etc)
  • Anyone who is based on or visits a ward, including administrative staff, pharmacists, activity workers, peer support workers, volunteers
  • Anyone who works in a team hub office where patients or staff who are seeing patients may visit (for example, admin staff in Puma Court may come into contact with clinical staff who see patients)
  • All porters
  • All Estates staff
  • All cleaning staff
  • Any bank or agency staff
  • Receptionists
  • Corporate staff who have contact with patients
  • Those working from home full time and not attending work – including clinical staff or anyone who is shielding
  • Those already taking part in regular testing because they work in our later life and memory services or visit care homes as part of their role
  • If you have had a positive PCR test in the last 90 days


Designated test allocators (identified by leadership teams) will collect boxes of tests, together with printed instruction booklets, from their local PPE hubs to distribute to patient-facing staff.

When you are allocated your tests, you will be asked for some contact details. You can chose whether these are your personal email address and phone number or your work ones.

It is vitally important you make sure your allocator inputs your details correctly. If the details are incorrect, you will be unable to access the online system to report your results.

You will receive a box of 25 tests, which will last you three months, carrying out tests twice a week.

By accepting the testing kits, you are consenting to only using the test on yourself, and that you will report twice weekly on your results. Reporting is a legal requirement, including negative results.

When you receive your box of tests, please take it home with the instruction booklet. Tests can be stored at room temperature, away from direct sunlight, and do not need to be kept in the fridge or freezer.

You will be carrying out your own test quickly and easily at home using what is called a ‘lateral flow’ test.

The test involves taking a swab from the inside of your nostril, mixing with a solution in a test tube and pouring into an applicator which will produce lines to show whether the sample is positive, negative or invalid (similar to a pregnancy test). Everything you will need is included in the kit and results are provided within half an hour.

A short video has been produced by NHS Health Education England to show you how to carry out the test.

Please ignore the manufacturer instructions in the box. Instead, full printed instructions including helpful diagrams, will be provided when you receive your test kits.

You should test yourself twice a week, every three to four days, to fit your shift pattern – for example, every Monday and Thursday or Wednesday and Sunday.

Ideally, you should carry out your test at home, before your shift.

It is a legal requirement that you report each test result - including negative results. You can do this by completing a simple online form which you can access on your own smartphone using the QR code below or using this link:

If possible, please don’t open the link using Internet Explorer as it may not display correctly. Google Chrome or Safari are good alternatives.

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If your test result is positive you MUST follow these steps:

  • Make a note of the date of your test – you will need it later to input your follow-up test result
  • Immediately report your result to your line manager or deputy (do not contact our Incident Management Team or Infection Prevention Control at this stage)
  • Arrange a confirmatory PCR test (this is the standard test carried out at a testing centre) through our internal testing team:
  • You and your household should self-isolate in line with government guidance until the result is known
  • You will need to report the result of your follow-up PCR test using the online system (you must report your result even if it is negative). You will need to know the date you took your lateral flow home test when you received a positive result. Log your results using this link:
  • If your PCR test is positive, inform your line manager or deputy (your line manager will inform you of local arrangements to ensure this is done in a timely way, particularly at weekends)
  • If your PCR test is positive, you DO NOT need to self-test at home using the lateral flow tests for 90 days from the date you became positive

If your test result is negative:

  • Record the information on our online system using the link or QR code above.
  • If you have coronavirus (Covid-19) symptoms, please refer to NHS guidance online as this test may miss some positive cases.

If your test result is invalid:

  • Record the information on our online system using the link or QR code above.
  • Repeat the test with a new test kit.

If you need help using the test kit or reporting your results online email: