Lateral flow testing: how to order your next box of tests and record your results
Thank you for continuing to take lateral flow tests and record your results – you are playing an important part in preventing the spread of COVID-19.
We would encourage you to continue taking lateral flow tests. In this message, we would like to make you aware of a change in how you order your next box of tests, and how you record your results. Please read on for details.
Ordering your next box of lateral flow tests
The NHS has decided that, from now on, all healthcare workers should order their lateral flow test kits through the national ordering system on the gov.uk website.
Please could you go ahead and order your next box in this way? The process for ordering kits through the national system is easy:
- Answer the question about whether you have Coronavirus symptoms; if the answer is ‘no’, you will be able to proceed with ordering a box of tests.
- We recommend that you create an account, as this will speed up the process in the future. You will be asked if you work for the NHS; please answer ‘yes’ and, when asked which type of NHS trust you work for, please select ‘community trust’ and then ‘Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust’.
- If you have used the national system before and already have an account, for example because someone in your household is at school, then you will need to update your personal details when you log in to your account, to confirm you work for the NHS. Click on the option to ‘edit login details’ and then follow the instructions in the bullet point above to choose ‘Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust’ as your NHS Trust. Please double-check that the details have updated correctly; occasionally the system seems to only partially update the information
- The kits are usually delivered the following day to your home address, or an address of your choice. And they fit through your letterbox, so you don’t need to worry about missing the delivery.
Recording of test results – also now through the national system
Please register to record your test results through the national system, in addition to ordering your test kits through the national system. Details of how to do this are below.
You can record the results of any remaining tests from your current box of test kits through the national system, as well as the results from the new tests you receive through the post.
You are not required to submit results to the Trust when using the national system, and we would ask you not to use the Trust’s internal recording system when you start using the national system, otherwise your results will be double counted. However, we would ask you to contact us quickly if you have a positive test result; see ‘If your test result is positive’, below.
How to record a test result through the national system
Recording a test result through the national system is easy to do:
- If you have already created an account (see above), please choose the option to ‘sign in or create an account’. This will speed up the process of submitting your result.
- You will be asked the question, ‘Did you take this test for your job?’ Select ‘yes’.
- You will then be asked the question, ‘Tell us about your work’. Select ‘It’s for the NHS in England, Northern Ireland or Wales’
- You will then be asked to provide the date the test was taken, the test strip ID number (using the number or the QR code printed on the test device) and the result. You should receive an email confirming that your test result has been submitted successfully.
If your test result is positive
In addition to recording your test result through the national system (see above), please take the following steps if your test result is positive:
- Please remain at home and arrange a PCR test. The national system will probably guide you through this process when you submit your positive result; otherwise visit https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
- Please contact your manager as soon as possible
- Your manager will then be required to inform the Infection Prevention & Control Team who are now responsible for the internal ‘test and trace’ process and will make sure your colleagues and patients get tested too.
Thank you again for your support.
Jo Hunter Deputy Chief Nurse