At Moore MedTech, we manage testing programmes to help businesses to remain operational during the pandemic. Testing asymptomatic people is crucial as it ensures that individuals who are coming into the workplace are not carrying the virus, significantly reducing the rate of transmission.
Emily is a nurse at one of our testing sites at Co-op Angel Square in Manchester. Her role involves guiding people through the testing process to make sure that they feel safe and supported whilst taking their test.
We asked her a few questions about her role as a nurse and what the testing process involves:
How long have you been a nurse?
"I graduated 2 years ago, and I then worked in the NICU for 8 months. Now I am working here as part of this testing programme!"
What is your favourite thing about nursing?
"I like interacting with people and building up relationships. One thing I’ve liked about working here at the testing site is that people come down for tests again and again and you get to know them. It’s nice to speak to them regularly and strengthen that relationship."
Talk me through the testing procedure from start to finish
"So first you would come down to the site, collect your barcodes and registration card and fill out the NHS form on your phone. Once you have registered, you would then come back to the site to be welcomed by our team. I would check that you have registered and walk you through to one of our testing booths where you would blow your nose and sanitise your hands. I would then ask you whether you are feeling okay and make sure that you weren’t experiencing any symptoms. You would then open the swab, swab your throat and then your nose whilst I talk you through the process. Once the sample has been taken, you would place the swab into the tube and I would make sure you were okay before showing you the way out. The sample would then be tested by one of our administrators and the results would be sent to your phone within a couple of hours."
How long does the testing process usually last?
"Not very long at all. It only takes a few minutes to register online for the test. Once that’s done, you would normally be in the booth with me for 2-5 minutes."
Is the procedure painful?
"It can be a little bit uncomfortable, but you can take your time with it. There’s no pressure to rush, and I am there to reassure you during the process."
How long do you usually have to wait for the results?
"It can take up to 2 hours, but it is usually much quicker than that. It normally takes 30-40 minutes for people to get their results via text."
What made you want to get involved with a testing program like this?
"I just think it is really important for public health at the moment and it’s something that I can help with and support people. I am happy to be able to use my skills to help keep people safe."