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Coronavirus: Screening

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 138030, tabled on 14 January 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to regularly test asymptomatic NHS staff working in community hospitals for covid-19 in (a) Berkshire and (b) England.

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 with over 25 million tests distributed. Lateral flow tests are also being distributed across primary care including general practice, community pharmacy, dentistry and optometry. In additional tests have been provided to independent sector providers and community interest companies providing NHS care.