NHSE/I guidance on home and community-based testing
NHS England and Improvement
Acute providers, community and mental health providers with an urgent treatment centre
Testing rolled out to regional Public Health England laboratories from 11 February 2020
To protect NHS staff and the public from the COVID-19 outbreak while safeguarding NHS emergency departments, primary care settings (such as GP surgeries, pharmacies, dentists and opticians) and ambulance transport for business as usual
This guidance from NHS England and Improvement (NHSE/I) sets out procedures for home diagnostic sampling for people identified via NHS 111 as suitable for sampling in a community setting. It covers:
- use of personal protective equipment (PPE)
- competent collection of samples
- safe packaging and transport of samples to the laboratory
- safe disposal of waste.
Providers are asked to liaise with NHSE/I regional emergency preparedness, resilience and response (EPRR) teams to ensure coordination across the system.