Asymptomatic NHS staff testing for COVID-19

Asymptomatic NHS staff testing for COVID-19

November 13, 2020

The NHS has announced that asymptomatic COVID-19 testing will be made available to all patient-facing NHS staff.

This announcement relates to a letter directed towards NHS trusts and says that with appropriate training, staff will be able to test themselves at home twice a week, with results available before they come into work.

There has been no announcement or letter about routine COVID-19 testing for community pharmacy staff. However, NHS England and NHS Improvement have confirmed to PSNC that work is ongoing in relation to other front line staff in primary care, including in pharmacies.

PSNC is pressing for asymptomatic testing to be available to all pharmacy staff, seeking a consistent approach to healthcare settings that will minimise staff absence and help maintain continuity of service provision.

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