Lateral flow testing for Health and Social Care staff

COVID-19 testing for asymptomatic HSC staff using Lateral Flow Devices (LFD) is underway in Northern Ireland.

Currently there is a pilot in the Southern Health and Social Care Trust, where selected staff are being asked to carry out the twice weekly test.

LFD can give a rapid result just 30 minutes after the test is self-administered.

To find out how to use prepare for the test and how to use the LFD test kit, please watch the video below.

At the bottom of this page you will also find an instructional leaflet and privacy notice.

You must register ALL test results, whether negative or positive, by using the following link – www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result

**Please note: on the section ‘Select the area you work in’ please select ‘Other services commissioned by the NHS in England or Northern Ireland’**

If your result is positive you need to register it using the above link AND report any positive results to your line manager and book a confirmatory PCR test.

If you have any further questions, please speak to your line manager for guidance.

Remember, if at any time you develop any of the symptoms of COVID-19 – a new continuous cough, or a high temperature, or a change in your sense of taste or smell – book a test immediately.

Staff must contact their manager as soon as they are symptomatic. If this occurs at work, staff should self-isolate and immediately telephone their manager before they go home. Staff will be advised of local testing arrangements for COVID-19 by their line manager.

Video supplied by NHS Health Education England and adapted for use in Northern Ireland.