Lateral Flow Tests
Lateral flow testing is a new tool being used to help detect and fight COVID-19. To undertake a lateral flow test, you will use a LFD Lateral Flow Device (LFD). We know that between one in four and one in three people who have coronavirus never show any symptoms, but that does not mean they are not infectious.
Results from these tests are available in under an hour and can help identify people who have high levels of virus, who do not have symptoms and would otherwise not be coming forward for a test. This will also help give confidence to colleagues and customers that we are doing everything we can to control the virus.
Any time lost due to testing or following up test results will be paid at the normal rate of pay. Colleagues will not be financially disadvantaged if a postive test is returned.
Bield very much view the introduction and roll out of rapid testing to Social Care as extremely positive. Staff testing is not mandatory but it is encouraged; It is there to protect colleagues, customers, the people we care for and all our families.
Lateral Testing FAQs
Lateral flow testing is a new tool being used to help detect and fight COVID-19. To undertake a lateral flow test, you will use a LFD Lateral Flow Device (LFD).
We know that between one in four and one in three people who have coronavirus never show any symptoms, but that does not mean they are not infectious.
These tests can help identify people who have high levels of virus, who do not have symptoms and would otherwise not be coming forward for a test.
The PCR test will provide a confirmatory positive or negative COVID-19 result. This is the test which you visit a test centre or have one delivered. These are the ones which we can walk and drive through and have been available from early in the pandemic.
All staff working at Developments, irrespective of role, should be taking the test.
It is not compulsory to participate in the Lateral Flow Testing programme. However, regular testing provides an additional layer of protection against Covid-19 for individual staff, those they care for, their family and the wider public.
Depending on shift patterns, it is advised that a test should be undertaken every three or four days. The maximum time between each test should be four days.
If you will be absent from work for more than 4 days, please discuss how we might avoid the lapse and of if there will be significant risk to the tenants.
A LFD test takes 35 minutes in total, including undertaking the test and uploading results.
The results can include:
Immediate arrangements for a confirmatory PCR should be made. Information on how to do this (including phone number/web portal) is available at: Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested in Scotland - gov.scot (www.gov.scot)
Isolate until the PCR result is known is required. If PCR test is negative then you can resume duties. If it is positive then isolation for 10 days from point of LFD test should begin.
A negative result should not be taken as a guarantee you are Covid-negative. You must continue to wear appropriate PPE including a face mask, gloves, apron and act on the Bield cleaning guidance.
Re-test using a spare LFD kit to receive a conclusive result.
If the test comes back as invalid, a second test should be undertaken. If a second test kit is inconclusive then you should organise a precautionary PCR.
All results for lateral flow tests carried out in Scotland will be recorded through the NHS Scotland Covid Testing and Registration System, which is completed by the individual undertaking the test.
The information you will be asked for will be:
- CHI Number (if known)
- Last name
- First name
- Home address (inc p/code)
- At least one contact method: telephone, mobile phone or email
- Do you currently stay at your residential address? (y/n)
- Select most relevant reason for taking test (see list above)
- Serial number from test kit
- Date test was taken
The reason the information is needed is to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Yes, current medical advice is to continue regular testing, even after you have had a second vaccination.
A full vaccination course will reduce your chance of becoming seriously ill. We do not yet know whether it will stop you from catching and passing on the virus, but we do expect it to reduce this risk. So, it is important that you continue to do testing and use PPE.