Antibody testing – more of your questions answered


Following further questions from members of staff, we’re now able to offer further clarification about antibody testing for staff that are shielding, on sick leave or other kinds of leave.

I’m on sick leave – can I still get antibody testing?
Provided you are not on sick leave for COVID-19 or another infection illness and you are well enough to attend a test site, you can still be tested.

I’m on Maternity/Paternity/Adoption leave­ – can I still get antibody testing?
Yes, as long as you’re not in one of the vulnerable or at-risk groups, you should follow the same process as other EEAST staff.

I’ve been suspended from duties
You must have a conversation with your commissioning manager/line manager to agree that you can attend a test site 

I’ve been shielding – can I be tested?
Antibody testing is open to all staff, including shielded staff

Recent guidance for shielded patients does allow you to leave home on a restricted basis.
However, you remain at risk and should consider carefully the personal benefit  against the risk of leaving their home to have the antibody test (i.e. if you have not had contact or symptoms you are unlikely to have a positive antibody test and may risk exposure by coming to a test site).

However, if you still wish to, you should book a test as normal but highlight to the booking team that you are shielding:

  • On arrival at the test site remain in your car and alert someone of your presence (you may need to leave the car temporarily for this)
  • When the tester is ready for you, you should leave your car, not make contact with any other person, except for the tester who is in PPE
  • Once the test is complete, you should make your way to your car, again avoiding contact with others
  • If possible you should not use the toilets or other facilities at the test site, however if you need to, then you should take appropriate precautions
  • You should consider wearing a face covering or face mask
  • Increased hand hygiene and social distancing should be maintained.

Published 11th June 2020


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