This test involves giving a sample of saliva twice a week, which is tested in a lab and you are sent the result. If you are part of a research study, please check with the research team whether you should continue to undertake regular lateral flow tests.
Collection kits with full instructions will be provided.
You will need to scan and register your sample on the C19 reporting system before dropping it at one of our collection points. Once processed in the lab, a text message (and/or email) will notify you of your result.
If you test positive for COVID-19 the Occupational Health Department will automatically be notified so that we can make sure contact tracing is carried out.
Collect a test kit from your ward or department, or one of our main reception desks.
Each kit includes:
Please follow the enclosed instructions carefully to ensure your specimen can be processed.
IMPORTANT – You must leave ONE HOUR between eating or drinking (except water) before collecting your saliva sample.
You’ll need to take a test twice weekly. For part-time or full-time staff who work regular shift across the week, we’re asking that tests be carried out on the following days:
Last name begins with the letters A to M – carry out tests Monday and Thursday
Last name begins with the letters N to Z – carry out tests Tuesday and Friday
Colleagues with irregular working patterns should do a test twice weekly, ideally 24 hours before their next shift or group of shifts.
Initially there will be no collections on Saturday and Sunday, so please don’t drop off a sample after the last Friday collection on your site. Samples must be received by the lab within 24 hours or they will become invalid.
The easiest way to scan and send your LAMP sample is to download the C19 reporting system onto your mobile phone. This is the same reporting system you may already be using to record lateral flow tests. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you do not yet have access. The C19 reporting system will remember your details each time you need to send a new sample.
The sample must reach the laboratory within 24 hours. Consider whether it would be best to drop off your sample at the beginning or end of your shift.
Samples will be collected from the drop-off points at different times during the day. Collection times will be clearly marked at collection point, so if you are coming for a night shift, it may be better to take and drop off your sample on the way home the following morning.
As soon as you scan your sample the clock will start. If the sample is not received in time, you will receive a text asking you to carry out another test.
There will be collection points at the following locations:
A positive test result may be returned to you while you are at work. If this happens you will need to let your line manager know straight away and safely leave your place of work. You will need to book a confirmatory PCR test and self-isolate in line with current national guidance.
Following a positive result you must also inform email@example.com so that risk assessments can be done for colleagues.
We recommend you continue testing with lateral flow when you are not able to get to a hospital drop off point during annual leave or any extended time away from work. You can obtain LFT kits from a many pharmacies or order them online for delivery to your home.