Anyone experiencing a new, continuous cough, high temperature or a loss of or change in your normal sense of smell or taste can book a COVID-19 test by visiting www.nhs.uk/coronavirus.
Those unable to access the internet can call 119 to book a test.
Test and Trace
The Government have recently launched the new Test and Trace system. See the following two websites for more information on how this works:
Buckinghamshire CCG have advised local practices that the purpose of the antibody test is to contribute to the body of knowledge and research about disease spread and as such is not a clinical priority.
The test will therefore not be offered locally to patients; and the first phase of rollout once this begins is primarily for NHS staff.
The science is currently still uncertain and a positive test result for antibodies only means that an individual has previously had Covid-19. There is no evidence to show it means that someone cannot be re-infected with the virus, or pass it on to others, or have protective immunity.
Furthermore, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) sent an alert on 8th June advising that the results from the laboratory-based tests for COVID-19 antibodies using capillary blood sample collection kits may not be reliable. Laboratories have been asked to pause their testing immediately if their service uses capillary blood samples. They have also been asked to verify that the sample collection kits used by their customers are CE marked and suitable for use by the intended user, the laboratory and with the manufacturer’s assay.