Lateral flow testing is important - using the testing kits regularly helps identify those who have COVID-19 but do not have any symptoms, helping to keep our staff, patients and the wider community safe.
Evidence is emerging that Omicron has a higher rate of transmission than other COVID variants therefore early identification of cases is even more important. All healthcare workers are therefore strongly encouraged to test daily.
The brand of LFD kits in use is changing from Innova to Orient Gene. In addition, the phased rollout of Orient Gene boxes of 20 tests (instead of 7) has now commenced. Services and staff should use up existing supplies before moving onto newer kits. There are important differences in how each of these tests are carried out. It is therefore essential that all staff familiarise themselves with the correct process for their specific kit, prior to use.
For access to new or replacement kits, please speak to your line manager.
Full information on all aspects of Lateral Flow Testing and the use of the different brands of kit is available through the links below.