Over 5,000 NCL frontline health and care key workers tested for Covid-19
In North Central London we are working to maximise the number of staff being tested for Covid-19.
Since 1 April over 5,000 health and care frontline staff, working across NCL in secondary care, primary care, community pharmacy, and social care, have been tested.
Health and care frontline staff can access Covid-19 testing at seven local hubs located at: University College London Hospital – Huntley Street, Royal Free - Hampstead, Great Ormond Street, Barnet Hospital, Chase Farm Hospital, North Middlesex University Hospital and Royal National Orthopaedics Hospital.
In addition, staff can access testing at a number of drive-through centres that have been set up across London, as part of the national offer.
NCL is also supporting a home testing pilot for frontline staff that are not able to access local hubs or drive-through centres. Over 150 staff have now been tested using this facility.
All test options are available for frontline health and care staff members working in North Central London or a member of their household going into self-isolation because they are showing Covid-19 symptoms. In the past week we have expanded testing to include members of the household exhibiting symptoms who are under 18.
More planning is underway on how best to use available capacity and open new facilities.
NCL CCG has created a web page to help frontline staff working in health and care and public service workers, for example the police and council staff, to access the most appropriate test option:
For the national portal for accessing London-wide drive through test centres and home tests:
- For essential workers to apply for a coronavirus test https://self-referral.test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk/