COVID-19 symptom testing
A primary symptom of COVID-19 is a high temperature of above 38° C. Our specialist nurses are trained in conducting touchless temperature checks on-site, ensuring any employees who have relevant symptoms do not enter the office. This non-invasive procedure is widely popular with many businesses, looking to ensure the safe and speedy return of staff.
How does it work?
Our nurses will be positioned at office entry points with a medical-grade, touchless thermometer, appropriate PPE and alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
Employees will be asked to consent to a touchless temperature test before entering the workplace. If an employee refuses to be tested, they will not be admitted to the workplace, on the basis that they could be a risk to their colleagues.
If an employee’s temperature is above 38°C, they will be asked whether they have any flu-like symptoms (coughing, shortness of breath, fever or anosmia). They will also be asked whether they may have been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed with or is presumed to have, COVID-19. Employees with temperatures at or above 38°C, or who answer “yes” to any of the screening questions, will be advised to return home, self-isolate, and contact 111 to discuss their symptoms, treatment options, quarantine requirements, and for an assessment regarding the next steps.
For data protection purposes, test results must not be collected, recorded, stored, used or disclosed for any purpose aside from determining whether an employee should be permitted to enter the workplace.
If an employee is displaying COVID-19 symptoms or believes they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, we would recommend testing the employee. Swab testing is one way of doing this. It works by taking a 6-inch long swab (like a long cotton bud) and inserting it into either the nose, mouth or both. Once the swab is taken it is placed into a container and sent to a lab for testing. Test results usually come back within 72 hours. After conducting the test, our nurses would recommend employees go home and self-isolate, along with anyone else in their household, until the results are back.
If an employee is displaying COVID-19 symptoms or believes they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, we would recommend testing the employee. A blood test is one way to do this. Our nurses, who are also trained phlebotomists, will take a blood sample from employees and send it to a lab for testing. Test results will usually come back within 72 hours. After conducting the test, our nurses would recommend employees go home and self-isolate, along with anyone else in their household, until the results are back.
If more immediate results are desired, we can use COVID-19 finger-devices to test for the presence of the COVID-19 virus. Any devices used must be MHRA approved with a 100% accuracy rate.
If you would like more information on how we can support you and your employees to get back to work safely, please get in touch:
Business Development Director - Specialist Staffing
Tel: 07790 909753