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Reply To: Free Lateral Flow Tests from April

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Rachel Barton
Participant

The NHS website says you can still order LFTs online if:

“you’re eligible for new COVID-19 treatments
you visit someone who is at higher risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19
you tested positive for COVID-19 and want to check if you’re still infectious after 5 days
you work, volunteer, or visit somewhere that’s high risk

Which places are high risk?
These are places where people are at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19. Examples are:

hospitals
care homes
prisons
immigration removal centres (IRCs)
schools for students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)”

I work in mainstream schools and people’s homes so it doesn’t look like I can order them. The difficulty is that I have been asking parents to test before I come and I also test twice a week. This has felt like a pretty good way of reducing the risk. The most recent RCSLT guidance was December 2021 and I’ve found it difficult to relate this to my working environment:

RCSLT COVID-19 guidance

In reality, what are others now thinking of doing in terms of COVID policies? We can ventilate, work outside, keep clean equipment, wash hands and wear masks if appropriate but without testing how does anyone know if they have COVID, a cold or hay fever? If I suggest people cancel appointments at the first sign of a runny nose or sore throat (which are often the first signs of COVID) I can see a lot of cancellations occurring. Is anyone else feeling like we have been left high and dry with the ceasing of free testing?

Discussion on here would be really appreciated as ever!
Thanks,
Rachel