Coronavirus testing for key worker staff to ensure patients continue to receive essential services

Published on Apr 18, 2020

There is understandably a lot of interest in COVID-19 testing and we want to give you some information around how this is working locally.

To ensure patients continue to receive essential services, the priority is to get NHS staff from priority areas (critical care, emergency departments and ambulance services) that are currently self-isolating, back into work.

The testing is also being offered to staff across the health and social care sector that are self-isolating. This includes mental health, GP services, community services, residential care settings, and other organisations providing key support as determined locally.

A drive-through testing facility for the above has been set up at a location in Brigg. We politely ask that no member of the public attends this facility as this is targeted at getting key staff supporting local health and care services back to work. Thank you for your cooperation.

Other messages:

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

  • Stay home, protect the NHS, save lives.
  • Only leave your home for the following reasons: to shop for basic necessities or pick up medication, to work if you absolutely cannot work from home, for one form of exercise per day. Do not visit friends and family who do not live in your household.
  • If you experience symptoms, DO NOT go to your GP or A&E. Go to www.111.nhs.uk/covid-19 to check your symptoms, and only call NHS 111 if you cannot get online or your symptoms worsen.

You can find the latest information and advice from Public Health England at: www.gov.uk/coronavirus

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