How can I protect myself and others from coronavirus?
It is critical that everybody abides by the COVID-19 Safe Working on Site Policy to ensure you protect yourself and others.
Lateral flow testing provides an additional measure to protect yourself and others around you, but is not a substitute for COVID-safe behaviours.
You must continue to:
- Wear a face covering at all times unless seated at your desk
- Socially distance from others
- Adhere to stringent hand hygiene rules
Can I have a lateral flow test?
Yes, all employees (plus regular office-based contractors) are eligible.
How do I register for the lateral flow testing programme?
You don't need to register. All you need to do is complete this Google Form each month (unless you work at the NDC). You will be notified when it is time to do this.
How do I collect my tests?
Tests will be handed out to individuals at the Watford Head Office where possible. Please collect your tests from the post room following completion of the Google Form. Anyone who cannot collect test kits in person will receive them by post. Please complete the Google Form accordingly.
What should be in the box when I open it?
Each box/testing kit will contain the following:
- 1 foil pouch containing the test cartridge
- 1 extraction tube containing the buffer solution
- 1 tube cap
- 1 sterilised swab for nasal sample collection
- 1 tube holding tray
Other items not included in the box that you will need to have with you when you take your test:
- A timing device (e.g. a phone stopwatch or kitchen timer) to make sure the test is timed accurately
How should I store my tests?
You should store your tests at home in a secure, dark place at room temperature.
They should not be placed in direct sunlight, close to a heating source or in the fridge or freezer.
They should be kept out of the reach of pets and children.
When should I take a test?
Tests should be taken in advance of days in the office. If you work full time, you should test on Sunday night or Monday morning and Wednesday night or Thursday morning.
If you work up to 3 consecutive days only, then you should take a test the night before the first day, or the morning of the first day.
If you have a less standard working pattern then you should use common sense e.g. Monday, Tuesday and Friday in the office: test Sunday night or Monday morning and Thursday night or Friday morning.
If you work full-time in the field (and are therefore allocated 3 tests per week), then test on Sunday night, Tuesday night and Thursday night or Monday morning, Wednesday morning and Friday morning.
I have COVID-19 Symptoms, should I take a lateral flow test?
No, if you have COVID-19 symptoms, you should not take a lateral flow test. You should inform your manager and book a PCR test via the government website. Please also complete the COVID-19 Reporting Google Form which can be found here.
The following are the most common and recognised symptoms of Coronavirus as advised by the NHS:
- A high temperature - this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- A new, continuous cough - this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste - this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
How do I take the test?
Instructions are provided both on this webpage and with the test kit. The testing process is similar to the PCR test and involves a nasal swab.
What do I do if my lateral flow test kit is damaged, broken or has anything missing?
Dispose of the damaged/broken test kit and use the spare test kit provided to you.
If there are any further issues, report to the People Team via the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
What do I do if I lose my test kits?
Unfortunately, we do not have sufficient test kits to replace them if they are lost. Please take care to get your kit home safely and store it somewhere safe, away from children and pets.
Why is the test insert that was in the box different to the instructions given to me?
The box contains a technical document from the manufacturers. Feel free to read this, but it includes lots of information that may not be very helpful. The instructions in this 'test insert' may also differ slightly from the instructions we have given on how to perform the test.
What should I do if I receive a negative test result?
If the lateral flow test result is negative, you can carry on as normal. It is important to still adhere to stringent hand hygiene rules, wear a face covering and observe the 2 metre social distancing rule.
What should I do when I have taken the test?
If your test is negative, you should dispose of the test in your normal household waste and attend work as normal.
What should I do if I get a positive result on my lateral flow test?
If your test is positive, you should immediately self-isolate. You should contact your line manager as soon as possible, complete the COVID-19 Reporting Google Form and request a PCR test via the government website. You should only leave your house to attend your government COVID-19 test. The PCR test result will overrule the lateral flow test result.
If you have received a positive COVID-19 test result from an NHS testing site, you should not take a lateral flow test for 90 days.
What should I do if my confirmatory PCR test is negative?
If you had a positive lateral flow test but your confirmatory test is negative, you can attend work as normal. The confirmatory test is more reliable than the lateral flow test.
Can I let someone else use my test?
No. Your tests are issued to you for use at specific times aligned to your work rota. Do not share them or use them for other reasons.
What should I do when I have used all of my tests?
You should have been provided with sufficient tests for the month based on the information you provided, along with an extra test in case of error or an invalid result.
If you have a legitimate reason for needing an extra test on an exceptional basis, and can collect one from the Watford Post Room, then you may do so. Please note that additional requests such as this will be recorded and tracked to ensure that tests are only being used for their intended purpose.
If you require a test to be posted to you, then please request additional tests via the government scheme. More information is available here.
You will be able to order your tests for the following month as normal once the Google Form is open for orders.
What should I do if I don't want to take a test or be part of the programme?
The programme is entirely voluntary, although we strongly encourage you to take part in our scheme or use the government tests. You are not required to be part of the programme or to take tests to attend work.
I'm a contractor, can I have lateral flow tests?
If you are working on behalf of Camelot and have a Camelot email address, you are eligible for the scheme. Additionally, Incentive and Baxter Storey staff based on site are eligible for the scheme.
Visitors and ad hoc contractors coming to the site are not eligible for the scheme. However, if you are arranging for visitors or contractors to come to the site or collaborate in the field, please strongly encourage them to take a lateral flow test beforehand (whether through their own company's scheme or through the government scheme).