LDE UTC COVID-19 TESTING
All testing is voluntary; however, we would encourage everyone to participate in the testing programme to help break transmission links by identifying those who may be carrying the virus unknowingly.
Information about Rapid Testing
Further help and support is available, including instructions in different languages on how to test and report the results and a video showing you how to take the test - CLICK HERE.
Home testing for COVID-19
Letter to parents/carers and learners on 17 March 2021 regarding home testing - CLICK HERE.
All learners and staff will be regularly issued home testing kits by LDE UTC. These tests should be taken twice a week, 3 to 4 days apart. Please read the privacy notice below before you start taking the tests.
Detailed information on how to self-swab and process the tests is in the Instructions for Use which are provided with the tests and there is an NHS video demonstrating how to carry out a test. A step-by-step visual guide on how to do the test is also available (Click here).
Once you have completed the test, please submit the results to NHS Test & Trace (follow guidance in leaflet) and also submit your results to LDE UTC. Click here to go to our COVID-19 Hub and follow the link to "Tell Us Your Home Test Results".
Home testing kits will be provided by LDE UTC to all staff and learners who wish to take part in the testing, these tests should only be used by the people they are issued to. LDE UTC cannot provide home testing kits for family members of learners, however anyone over the age of 11 can get free rapid tests from the NHS to undertake their own twice weekly testing, visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing/regular-rapid-coronavirus-tests-if-you-do-not-have-symptoms/ for more details. We encourage as many people as possible to partake in reguar testing to help break transmission links by identifying those who may be carrying the virus unknowingly. All rapid tests results should be reported to NHS Test & Trace, and LDE UTC learners and staff should also report their results to the College as well.
If there are any issues with the tests that could potentially impact the quality or safety of testing, raise a ‘yellow card’ as follows:
Clinical issue: If there is a clinical incident which led or has potential for harm, participants are advised to report it on https://coronavirus-yellowcard.mhra.gov.uk
This is not for seeking immediate medical care. Medical care should be sought through the usual route of contacting 111 or 999.
Non-clinical issue: For incidents occurring at home, participants are advised to report any issues (something damaged, or missing or difficult to use in the kit, unable to log result etc.) to 119.
Inform the LDE UTC: Participants should inform their LDE UTC about ongoing test-related problems, so that they can check if this is a wider issue across other users. To do this please send an email to COVID@ldeutc.co.uk or telephone the main office on 020 3019 7333.