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FAQs: Lateral flow testing

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Lateral flow testing is currently being offered to people who don’t have symptoms, in a range of different workplace settings.

They are being used for regular testing of NHS and social care staff, as well as in staff linked to universities, schools, care homes and other workplaces.

In addition, in Wales, you can get lateral flow tests for you and your household if:

  • you are a volunteer
  • you cannot work from home
  • you are an unpaid carer
  • you are visiting Wales from elsewhere
  • you are travelling to other areas of the UK
  • your health board requires testing before hospital visits
  • you or your partner are using hospital maternity services
  • you are the parent, carer or guardian of a child in hospital
  • you are going to an event that requires it

Public Health Wales also advises that if you have had a positive NHS Wales (PCR) test in the last 90 days then you are also advised not to have a lateral flow test as you could return a positive test even though you may not be infectious. If within those 90 days, you develop new symptoms, then you should self-isolate and book an NHS Wales Covid-19 test.

Everyone who is participating in the LFT, must continue to follow coronavirus rules, including:

  • regular hand washing
  • social distancing
  • wearing face coverings where required

Yes, testing is voluntary, but individuals are strongly encouraged to take up the offer to further reduce the risk of asymptomatic transmission in their workplace and their community.

If staff have coronavirus symptoms, they should arrange to have a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test you can book online or by calling 119) and not use the lateral flow device (LFD) test.

You can order rapid lateral flow tests on-line and get them delivered to your home. You can also collect testing kits in person. Find your nearest collection point and opening times (on nhs.uk).

The following groups should continue to access their tests as they do now:

  • NHS and social care workers
  • Teachers and childcare providers
  • Some school pupils and university students
  • Workplaces with 10 or more employees registered under the workplace testing programme

No, this is not a workplace scheme, so currently the only way people can collect lateral flow tests is by ordering rapid lateral flow home test kits online. You can order 1 home testing kit (7 tests) at a time. Delivery takes 1 to 2 days.

Or by attending one of the local Covid-19 test sites - a full list of these sites can be found on the Welsh Government website.

Staff do not need to book an appointment. We are however exploring alternative solutions to support our staff and will let you know if anything changes.

As an employer the only thing we need you to record is the fact that your member of staff has tested positive and is required to self-isolate.

Information on how to do this can be found on the HR pages of the Intranet, which are accessible from any device.

No, as an employer the only thing we need you to record the fact that your member of staff has tested positive and is required to self-isolate.

Information on how to do this can be found on the HR pages of the Intranet, which are accessible from any device.

If someone has a positive LFD test result, they must ensure that they:

  • Report the result to you immediately.
  • Record their results via the gov website or by calling 119. To report their result, they will need the barcode on the test strip (or the ID number under it).
  • Book a PCR Covid test at a testing centre by booking online or by calling 119.

In the meantime, they must follow the self-isolation guidance.

You should record their absence(s) on MyView. Information on how to do this can be found on the HR pages of the Intranet, which are accessible from any device.

 

If someone has a void result, they must ensure that they take another test. If the second test is also void, they must treat this as a positive result and ensure they do the following:

  • Report the result to you immediately.
  • Record their results via the gov website or by calling 119. To report their result, they will need the barcode on the test strip (or the ID number under it).
  • Book a PCR Covid test at a testing centre by booking online or by calling 119.

In the meantime, they must follow the self-isolation guidance.

You should record their absence(s) on MyView. Information on how to do this can be found on the HR pages of the Intranet, which are accessible from any device.

Training is not required, the tests can be self-administered and come with clear instructions, but in summary:

  • Wash and dry your hands thoroughly.
  • Remove the test (being careful not to touch the soft part).
  • Open your mouth wide. Use the swab to rub the back of your throat firmly four times on each side.
  • Remove the swab without touching teeth, tongue or gums.
  • Gently place it in your nostrils (2.5 cm inside) and rub the swab along the lining of your nostril 4-5 times.
  • Remove (being careful the swab doesn’t touch anything).
  • Place it in the tube for testing for 30 minutes and await the result (a coloured line will appear if positive).
  • Wash hands thoroughly after disposing of the test.

NHS have provided a helpful video - LFD Self Testing.

Each time an individual takes a test they need to record the result via the online results portal (which can be accessed via a smartphone) or by the phone number provided in the test kit. This needs to be done each time a test is taken regardless of whether the result is negative or positive.

Public Health Wales also advises that if you have had a positive NHS Wales (PCR) test in the last 90 days then you are also advised not to have a lateral flow test as you could return a positive test even though you may not be infectious. If within those 90 days, you develop new symptoms, then you should self-isolate and book an NHS Wales Covid-19 test.

There are 3 outcomes possible from taking the test:

  • Negative result: 1 line next to C 
    A negative result does not guarantee that you do not have coronavirus. The test might not detect the virus if you were recently infected or are in the incubation at the time of the test. If you develop new symptoms, then you should self-isolate and book an NHS Wales Covid-19 test.

  • Positive result: 2 lines, 1 line next to C and 1 line next to T
    Even faint lines mean that your test is positive for COVID-19

  • Void:  No lines or 1 line next to T. This means the test is invalid.  Re-take the test with a fresh test kit.
    If you get another void result. You must treat this as a positive result.

Please see the FAQ on each outcome above to see what steps to take next.

Each time an individual takes a test they need to record the result via the online results portal (which can be accessed via a smartphone) or by the phone number provided in the test kit. This needs to be done each time a test is taken regardless of whether the result is negative or positive.

You must continue to follow coronavirus rules, including:

  • regular hand washing
  • social distancing
  • wearing face coverings where required

If the result is positive, you must ensure you:

  • Report your result to your line manager immediately
  • Record your results via the gov website or by calling 119. To report your result you need the barcode on the test strip (or the ID number under it)
  • Book a PCR Covid test at a testing centre by booking online or by calling 119.

In the meantime, you must follow the self-isolation guidance.

If the PCR test result is negative you can end your self-isolation period and resume twice weekly testing.

If the test result is negative:

  • Record your results via the gov website or by calling 119. To report your result you need the barcode on the test strip (or the ID number under it)

No further action is required and you can continue your day as usual.

All results must be recorded.

If the result is void, you must ensure you take another test. If the second test is also void, you must treat this as a positive result and ensure you do the following:

  • Report your result to your line manager immediately
  • Record your results via the gov website or by calling 119. To report your result you need the barcode on the test strip (or the ID number under it)
  • Book a PCR Covid test at a testing centre by booking online or by calling 119.

In the meantime, you must follow the self-isolation guidance.

If the PCR test result is negative you can end your self-isolation period and resume twice weekly testing.

If the test is negative

  • Drain any remaining reagent into sink or toilet.
  • Place lateral flow test kit into the domestic waste bag (normally a “black” bag).
  • Do not place the test into any recycling bags.

If the test is positive

  • Drain any remaining reagent into sink or toilet.
  • Place the lateral flow test kit into a secure bag and keep this in a safe place for 72hrs. After this time place in the domestic waste bag (normally a “black bag”)
  • Do not place the test into any recycling bags.

As you a COVID positive individual in self isolation from this point then you are required to ensure that waste that has been in direct contact with you is held for 72hrs before you dispose of it.

Public Health Wales advises that if you have had a positive NHS Wales (PCR) test in the last 90 days then you are also advised not to have a lateral flow test as you could return a positive test even though you may not be infectious. If within those 90 days, you develop new symptoms, then you should self-isolate and book an NHS Wales Covid-19 test.

Yes, the LFT test confirms if you are infectious to other people. Current scientific advice is that vaccinated individuals should still take part.

The LFT tests are only for people who do not have symptoms.

If you have any covid symptoms, you are required to:

  • Report your result to your line manager immediately
  • Book a PCR Covid test at a testing centre by booking online or by calling 119.

In the meantime, you must follow the self-isolation guidance.

 

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