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Covid testing

Lateral flow testing update (Dec 2021)

All orders for lateral flow testing kits for primary care staff should be placed through GOV.UK instead of the PCSE site.

Reminder: No action required from practices after receiving a Covid swab test result from national testing programme. Please note Covid tests ordered by GPs (such as the small number of antibody tests we have arranged) remain the responsibility of the requester to follow up as necessary.


Covid testing

Report your Covid test result here (for staff doing weekly self-testing). All Covid-19 test results (negative, positive, or invalid/void) should be reported. This is both because it is a notifiable disease and to aid understanding of the progression of the pandemic.

Lateral flow testing update (Dec 2021)

From Monday 5 July 2021, all orders for lateral flow testing kits for primary care staff should be placed through GOV.UK instead of the PCSE site.

Reminder: No action required from practices after receiving a Covid swab test result from national testing programme

Information given by NHS Digital when results began to be shared with GPs:

“Patients do not need to be contacted by the practice as the results will have already been provided to the individual by text and email. Guidance is provided in the text/email; for example requirements on isolation, what to do if symptoms get worse; plus links to national guidance. Individuals do not need to contact their GP practice.”


Please note Covid tests ordered by GPs (such as the small number of antibody tests we have arranged) remain the responsibility of the requester to follow up as necessary.

Actual/ suspect outbreaks:

For any suspected outbreaks in general practice/ care settings/ schools, please contact the London Coronavirus Response Cell immediately: Phone: 0300 303 0450 or Email: LCRC@phe.gov.uk  and your local public health lead for advice on next steps.

Covid-19 swab testing and general practice

NHS Test and Trace is making Covid-19 swab testing available to general practices in England on an opt-in basis for symptomatic patients, when clinically appropriate in order to streamline patient care, and for symptomatic staff and their households. In the first instance, members of the public should continue to be directed to regional testing centres or home testing kits.

Here’s a PDF of the email NHS Test and Trace sent to GP practices, which has more details about the service and how to sign up.

Queries about staff testing:

For any other queries on staff testing please contact your local borough testing inbox:

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