Is it optional for our staff to take Lateral Flow Tests?

19th February 2021

Is it optional for our staff to take Lateral Flow Tests?

Lateral Flow Tests – We’ve ordered and received the kits, but haven't got round to testing staff yet. Is this something which we should be doing or is it optional?


It’s currently voluntary, but those that do it must upload their results on the GOV.UK website, although the Practice Manager should be informed of any positive tests. All you need to do is distribute the kits to staff and they can test at home 2 to 3 times a week.

You can find some guidance here:

  • QCS Policy – COVID-19 Testing Policy
  • Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) standard operating procedure:

*All information is correct at the time of publishing.

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Tracy has worked in general practice management for over 13 years with a passion for turning around vulnerable or struggling practices and making a difference to patients. Tracy has been a Care Quality Commission (CQC) Practice Manager Specialist Adviser since 2014 along with being a peer appraiser, national trainer, dementia friend champion and a trustee board member with her local Healthwatch.

Tracy also worked nationally for 18 months as the General Practice Development and Primary Care Network (PCN) Lead supporting practices, PCNs and federations.

Tracy is a chartered fellow with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and a fellow with the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) holding postgraduate qualifications in strategic leadership.

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