Update on staff testing for COVID-19

Update on staff testing for COVID-19

April 27, 2020

A new portal for booking COVID-19 tests for key workers, including community pharmacy team members, is now available for use by team members and employers:

Essential workers: apply for a coronavirus test (GOV.UK)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested – information for employees and employers (GOV.UK)

This portal replaces the previous temporary system made available for use by pharmacy team members by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Testing will allow those currently unable to return to work because they or a member of their family or household have symptoms of coronavirus to know whether they do have the virus.

Who is eligible for a test?

  • Frontline workers who are self-isolating because they are symptomatic – in this case the frontline worker is the only eligible person in their household to receive a coronavirus test. No other members of their household are eligible; and
  • Symptomatic members of the household of a frontline worker, where the frontline worker is self-isolating because of the symptoms of the other member of their household – in this case only the household member(s) of the frontline worker, is eligible to receive a coronavirus test with the frontline worker’s name being noted. The frontline worker will not receive a test as they are not symptomatic.

How can pharmacy staff and members of their household access a test?

Pharmacy staff who think they or one of their household are eligible for a test can apply for one via:

Essential workers: apply for a coronavirus test (GOV.UK)

What can employers do to assist their staff?

Pharmacy contractors can let staff know they can now request a test via the GOV.UK website.

Employers can also register via the following page, so they can then submit the contact information of employees who would benefit from being tested. Once submitted, the employees will be sent a message providing details on how they can book a test.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested – information for employees and employers (GOV.UK)



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