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Coronavirus: Screening

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 138029, tabled on 14 January 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress he has made on the regularly covid-19 testing of asymptomatic NHS staff working in community hospitals in (a) Berkshire and (b) the rest of the country.

Answered on

8 March 2021

All National Health Service patient facing staff in acute, mental health, ambulance and community trusts have been provided with lateral flow tests to enable them to test themselves at home twice a week. Over 25 million tests have been distributed nationally.  Lateral flow tests are also being provided across primary care including general practice, community pharmacy, dentistry and optometry. In addition tests have been provided to independent sector providers and community interest companies providing NHS care.