At the end of March, NHS Test and Trace reintroduced confirmatory PCR testing for positive lateral flow device (LFD) tests conducted at all assisted testing sites, including schools or colleges. This means that all staff, pupils and students who get a positive LFD test, whether at home or supervised at their school or college, should get a confirmatory PCR. The PCR test should be booked immediately either online or by calling 119 and should be undertaken within 2 days of the positive LFD result.
Staff, students and pupils who had a positive LFD test result, and their close contacts and other members of their household, should self-isolate immediately in line with NHS Test and Trace guidance and while awaiting the PCR result. If the PCR test is negative, it overrides the LFD test and the staff, pupil or student can return to school or college, and their close contacts can also end their self-isolation.
TESTING FOR WIDER COVID SYMPTOMS
Please note that as of this week, Public Health are no longer advising people to book a PCR test if they are experiencing any of the ‘wider’ symptoms that may have been related to COVID.
Owing to our significantly reduced infection rates, the LCR Directors of Public Health have agreed that we will revert to only those experiencing at least one of the 3 MAIN symptoms (ie high temperature, new continuous cough or loss or sense of taste/smell) should book a symptomatic test.
If you have any concerns or questions regarding testing, please see the gov.uk website or call 119.