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Antibody testing roll out for NHS staff and patients


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Antibody testing roll out for NHS staff and patients

NHS England and Improvement announced how serology testing will be rolled out to both patients and NHS staff. The antibody testing programme will increase understanding on how the disease spreads. This will work alongside testing which confirms whether or not someone currently has the virus.

NHS England has confirmed that the antibody test is now available for practices to use as appropriate and where there is not a specific clinical indication for the test, it may be offered to NHS patients already having their blood taken and who wish to know whether they have been infected with COVID-19.

The letter also describes a plan to roll out testing to staff working across primary care.