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Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

Information and guidance for public, NHSGGC staff, and community-based services.  Hospital visiting restrictions now in place.

Testing for staff and their household contacts

West Glasgow ACH Testing Centre to re-open Wednesday 26 August

With numbers attending the national testing centres at Glasgow Airport and Port Glasgow increasing, it has been agreed that the West Glasgow testing centre will re-open on Wednesday for testing of symptomatic household contacts of NHSGGC health and social care staff (including care home staff, GPs, dentists and community pharmacists). 

Referral will be by appointment and anyone wishing for a symptomatic household contact to be tested should arrange an appointment using the following e-referral form.

Information for staff who have been tested can be found here.

View the Staff self-isolation and testing infographic (PDF)

 

Covid-19 Staff Testing FAQs

Individuals with Covid-19 can experience a range of symptoms or in some cases none, however the most common symptoms ...

Individuals with Covid-19 can experience a range of symptoms or in some cases none, however the most common symptoms are new:

  • Continuous cough
  • Fever/ high temperature (≥37.8 C)
  • Loss of or change to normal sense of smell (anosmia)

Staff who develop symptoms consistent with Covid-19 (fever of ≥37.8 C, or new persistent cough, or anosmia (loss of...

  • Staff who develop symptoms consistent with Covid-19 (fever of ≥37.8 C, or new persistent cough, or anosmia (loss of or change to normal sense of smell)) MUST stay at home for 7 days from the start of your symptoms.
  • You should do this even if you think your symptoms are mild and if you would normally continue to work.
  • If you develop symptoms whilst at work, you should stop seeing patients and return home immediately in order to self-isolate there. 
  • Please inform your line manager or practice manager of your absence and refer to NHS Inform guidance on self-isolation for more information https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19#

Yes, a referral system in in place to arrange testing of the symptomatic health and social care workers. This test...

  • Yes, a referral system in in place to arrange testing of the symptomatic health and social care workers.
  • This testing is provided to allow such workers to return to work, if their test comes back negative, and they feel recovered from their illness.
  • For the test to be accurate, the person should be between day 1 and day 5 of their symptoms at the time of testing.
  • Staff with symptoms of COVID-19 should request a test through NHS Inform You no longer need to ask a line manager to do so for you, though you should inform your line manager of your absence in the normal way. 
  • Your line manager can refer you for testing.
  • In circumstances where testing demand exceeds capacity, appointments are allocated first to services under the greatest pressure due to absence and service demand.
  • All testing is on an appointment-only basis: please do not attend a testing centre if you do not have an appointment.

Staff with a household member who develops a fever of ≥37.8 C, or new persistent cough or anosmia (loss of or chang...

Yes, a referral system is in place to arrange testing of the symptomatic household contacts of well health and soci...

  • Yes, a referral system is in place to arrange testing of the symptomatic household contacts of well health and social care workers.
  • This testing is provided to allow such workers to return to work, if the test for their household member comes back negative.
  • Only people in the household with cough/fever need to be tested, not people who are well.
  • For the test to be accurate, the person should be between day 1 and day 5 of their symptoms at the time of testing.
  • You can refer your symptomatic household member for testing by appointment, using the e-referral form.
  • In circumstances where testing demand exceeds capacity, appointments are allocated to services under the greatest pressure due to absence and service demand.
  • All testing is on an appointment-only basis: please do not attend a testing centre if you do not have an appointment.

Inform your manager (or practice manager in primary care) of your absence, and that you are isolating due to concer...

  • Inform your manager (or practice manager in primary care) of your absence, and that you are isolating due to concerns regarding a member of your household who has symptoms.
  • Check with the member of your household who is unwell, that they are happy to be tested.
  • You can request an appointment for a test using the following e-referral form.  Staff will be given the choice to either attend Glasgow Airport or request a test kit be sent to you at home. You no longer need to ask a line manager to do so for you, though you should inform your line manager of your absence in the normal way, as above. 
  • Please note only those with COVID-19 symptoms should be tested. For example, if a staff member has symptoms but no other household contacts do, then it is only the member of staff who is eligible for testing.  If the member of staff has no symptoms but is off work because a household contact has symptoms, it is the household member who will be tested and the member of staff will not require a test.

You will get an acknowledgement email to let you know the form has been submitted successfully. We will aim to app...

  • You will get an acknowledgement email to let you know the form has been submitted successfully.
  • We will aim to appoint everyone who meets the testing criteria. If your form is submitted before midday, then this appointment will usually be the next day.
  • You will be informed of your appointment by email. If it is not possible to appoint you for any reason, then you will also be informed of this, and the reason why, by email.
  • If there is a situation where the number of referrals exceeds testing capacity, then appointments would be allocated on the basis of service pressures.

The result will normally come back within 48 hours. The person being tested (or their parent/guardian if <16 yea...

  • The result will normally come back within 48 hours. The person being tested (or their parent/guardian if <16 years) will normally be informed of the result by text message or email, using the contact details submitted in the referral form.
  • If you have been tested and after 48 hours have not received your results, please email the address provided in your appointment confirmation. Please include your date of birth and testing location in your email, so your result can be verified.
  • As a staff member awaiting a result you should advise your manager regarding your non-availability for shifts for at least a 48 hr period after your test and should be prepared for the implications of a positive test result which will require you to self-isolate for 7 days from the onset of symptoms.

If you receive a positive test result, you must stay at home (self-isolate) for at least 7 days from the onset of s...

  • If you receive a positive test result, you must stay at home (self-isolate) for at least 7 days from the onset of symptoms. On day 8, if you feel well enough, and haven’t had a fever for 48 hours, you can return to work. Please discuss with your line manager in advance of returning.
    • It is not necessary to have a further test before returning to work.
    • All other household contacts should isolate as a household for 14 days even if they don’t have symptoms themselves. The 14-day period starts from the first day the first person had symptoms.
  • If your household member tests positive, then you should isolate for 14 days from the onset of their symptoms. Please advise your line manager that your potential return to work date will be following 14 days of isolation.
    • If other household contacts then develop symptoms within the 14 days, they need to stay at home for 7 days from the day their symptoms started. They should do this even if it takes them over the 14-day isolation period.
    • It is not necessary for you or your household contacts to have a further test before you return to work.
  • Self-isolation means that you and the other people in your household must remain at home and shouldn’t go to work, school, public areas or use public transport. Ask a neighbour or friend to shop for food or other essentials if required.
  • Please consult NHS Inform for more information on staying at home due to confirmed or suspected coronavirus infection: https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-infection
  • If you have any concerns about your condition, please contact NHS24 on 111.

If you have received a negative test result you can return to work, if you feel well enough to do so If you are ...

    • If you have received a negative test result you can return to work, if you feel well enough to do so
    • If you are self-isolating because a household contact has symptoms and has then received a negative result you can now return to work. Other members of the household who are self-isolating can also return to work.
    • If multiple household contacts have been tested, then only if all tests are negative can self-isolation end.
    • However, if you or your household contact(s) develop new symptoms at any point after ending your first period of isolation (self or household) then you need to follow the same guidance on self-isolation again.
    • Please consult NHS Inform for more information on staying at home due to confirmed or suspected coronavirus infection: www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-infection
    • If you have any concerns about your condition, please call NHS 24 on 111.

Testing is only available to health and social care staff/household contacts with symptoms as the test is most reli...

  • Testing is only available to health and social care staff/household contacts with symptoms as the test is most reliable in identifying the virus as a source of the symptoms in the early stages, i.e. less than 5 days from onset.
    • If a person without symptoms is tested, a negative result would not be valid and could potentially give false reassurance.
    • The tests can only detect if you have an active infection, and cannot detect if you are incubating the infection, or if you have previously had it.
    • All staff are asked to continue to monitor themselves for symptoms (fever of ≥37.8 C or new persistent cough or anosmia (loss of or change to normal sense of smell) and self-refer for testing as soon as symptoms develop.
  • Note that following the First Minister’s announcement on 1st May, some asymptomatic care home staff will be tested as part of the enhanced care home outbreak control measures: this is organised separately and staff who are offered this approach will be contacted directly via their place of work.

Due to the ongoing testing regime for COVID-19 taking place to support the health and wellbeing of our staff, the sys...

Due to the ongoing testing regime for COVID-19 taking place to support the health and wellbeing of our staff, the system operated will require certain aspects of your data to be accessed by other NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde colleagues. We are accessing this information to provide you with health care services as an employee of NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde. The test booking system will require access to your date of birth, home address and GP’s details along with access to a limited view of Trackcare to order the test. All aspects of our confidentiality obligations will apply to this process however if you have any concerns please contact your line manager.