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New antibody testing for all adult social care staff

The Government have launched a new at-home antibody testing service which is now available to all staff in the adult social care sector in England.

The Department of Health and Social care are inviting all staff in the adult social care sector to register . Please encourage your staff sign up on the portal

People who are eligible for the antibody test are personal assistants who provide care and support, staff working in residential care, domiciliary care, extra care, supported living, and local authority adult social care departments.

An antibody test result can only tell an individual whether or not they have had the virus in the past and developed antibodies. Therefore, regardless of the result of an antibody test, individuals must continue to comply with government guidelines, including wearing PPE and social distancing.

This testing is separate from weekly swab retesting and outbreak testing by PHE and local HPTs, and that swab retesting of all staff and residents in care homes continues as a priority, even if individuals receive a positive antibody test result.

Find out more about what an antibody test is.

All questions about booking antibody tests should be sent to antibodytesting@dhsc.gov.uk and 119 are able to answer questions and provide support with regards to antibody test results.

 


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