COVID-19 testing for education workers in mid and south Essex

Content originally from Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust

Staff swabbing (PCR Testing) for COVID-19 is being offered for the following groups of keyworkers in mid and south Essex:

  • NHS employees (Acute, Mental Health, Community/Hospice, Primary Care, CCGs) 
  • Wider ‘NHS family’ (including dental practices, Optometrists, Hospices and Provide staff)
  • Emergency Services (including Essex Police, Fire and Rescue)
  • Education workers
  • Social Care Staff (including care staff)

The testing is offered at the following three locations (by appointment only):

  • Orsett Hospital – Orsett
  • Broomfield Hospital – Chelmsford
  • Southend Leisure and Tennis Centre

Keyworkers in the groups listed above, with symptoms of COVID-19, can be offered the opportunity to be tested. This includes members of the keyworker’s household if they have symptoms of COVID-19.

For referrals of key workers and their household members:

Contact your line manager to arrange a test for you or your household family members. In the case of schools and colleges, this will be the head teacher or principal.

The Mid and South Essex Foundation Trust (MSEFT) are working hard to increase the amount of testing capacity we have in our local service but, in order to maintain these fast turnaround times, it’s important that those in the keyworker groups request a test ONLY when they have symptoms of COVID so that we can make sure that everyone who needs a test can get it quickly. 

We therefore thought it would be useful to provide guidance, which is shared below. 

If you have any questions you can contact our staff testing hub at mse.stafftesting@nhs.net

I have COVID symptoms
  • Notify your line manager and immediately self-isolate, alongside anyone else in your household.
  • Your line manager will advise you of the process for booking a test for yourself only at an MSEFT drive-through centre 
  • After you’ve had your test your result will be emailed to you, usually within 48 hours.
  • If your test is negative then you can return to work when you feel well enough to do so.

If your test is positive then you should continue to self-isolate:

  • You can end your self-isolation after 10 days and return to work if you do not have symptoms other than a cough or a loss of sense of taste or smell.
  • If you continue to have a high temperature, keep self-isolating until your temperature returns to normal.
  • Your household should self-isolate for 14 days from the day you began to show symptoms.  
  • If anyone else in your household becomes unwell following your positive result they should arrange to have a test. If they test positive they should self-isolate for 10 days but the self-isolation period for you and the rest of your household does not need to be extended beyond the original 14 days.
Someone in my household has COVID symptoms
  • Notify your line manager and immediately self-isolate, alongside anyone else in your household.
  • Your line manager will advise you of the process for booking a test for your household member only at an MSEFT drive-through centre
  • After they’ve had their test the result will be emailed to you, usually within 48 hours.
  • If the test is negative then you can return to work. 

If the test is positive then you should continue to self-isolate: 

  • You will need to self-isolate for 14 days from the day your household member began to show symptoms.
  • If you become unwell following their positive result you should book yourself a test.  
  • If your test is positive you should self-isolate for 10 days from the day you became symptomatic (this is not in addition to the 14 days above).
My child has been sent home from school with suspected COVID symptoms
  • Notify your line manager and immediately self-isolate, alongside anyone else in your household.
  • Your line manager will advise you of the process for booking a test for your child only at an MSEFT drive-through centre
  • After they’ve had their test the result will be emailed to you, usually within 48 hours.
  • If the test is negative then you can return to work.

If the test is positive then you should continue to self-isolate:

  • You will need to self-isolate for 14 days from the day your child began to show symptoms.
  • If you become unwell following their positive result you should book yourself a test.  
  • If your test is positive you should self-isolate for 10 days from the day you became symptomatic (this is not in addition to the 14 days above).
My child has been sent home from school because another child in their group has tested positive for COVID
  • Your child should self-isolate for 14 days. 
  • You do not need to self-isolate unless you child develops symptoms (in which case follow steps above).
  • Your child does not need to be tested unless they develop symptoms (in which case follow steps above).

Further advice and guidance on isolation is available on the UK Government website here.