Doctors, nurses, and other frontline staff will be the first to receive testing.
NHS CEO Simon Stevens said testing of frontline NHS staff to determine whether they have or have had coronavirus will start next week.
He said: “From an NHS perspective, we think it is urgently important that we are able to test frontline workers who are off sick or otherwise isolating.
“That’s why the work that Public Health England has been leading is so important because it means we are going to be able to double this time next week the number of tests we have been doing this week.
“I can say that today we will be rolling out staff testing across the NHS, starting next week with the critical care nurses, other staff in intensive care, emergency departments, ambulance services, GPs.
“As testing volumes continue to increase, we want to widen that to essential public service workers, as well as our social care workers, and continue with patient testing that is so vital.”
Published at Fri, 27 Mar 2020 17:30:00 +0000