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Lateral Flow Device (LFD) or Lateral Flow Test (LFT)

Lateral flow testing detects COVID-19 viral antigen.  Antigens are specific proteins found on the surface of the virus. Please ensure staff have had training to ensure an accurate result is produced.

To note, negative results do not rule out COVID-19 infection, particularly in the early stages of infection when viral loads are lower. It is important to consider any possible recent exposure to potentially infected individuals plus the presence of any symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

Currently all residential and nursing homes will have been sent Lateral Flow Devices (LFD) or are able to obtain them, if your home is eligible for these please contact 119.

All places of work can now obtain LFDs.

If your staff are at home and need a PCR test due to self-isolating, they can book all necessary tests via the Government website.

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