Last updated 25 February 2021

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The Protect Scotland app from NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect is a free, mobile phone app designed to help us protect each other, reduce the spread of coronavirus and avoid further lockdowns.  

You can find out more information and download the app from www.protect.scot or use the buttons opposite.

The process chart opposite will help you determine what action to take if you think you may have come into contact with coronavirus.

Lateral Flow Testing for Key Workers

In support of the city’s response to the pandemic, a new NHS Grampian facility for key workers without Covid-19 symptoms has begun offering lateral flow tests. 

The facility will be co-located at the University of Aberdeen’s Butchart Centre on University Road, where testing for students will continue in parallel with eligible key workers who will be able to book a test at their convenience.  

It is estimated that 1 in 3 people with coronavirus do not display symptoms (are ‘asymptomatic’) and may spread the virus without realising it. This type of community testing can therefore provide additional protection for the families, friends and co-workers of key workers; who may be at increased risk of infection. 

If you are in a service that already has a system for distributing lateral flow testing please continue to access your tests in this way. 

Keyworker categories mapped against ACC critical services list for the purposes of eligibility for these tests are as follows and in this prioritisation order:  

Key Worker Category  

ACC Critical Services  

Colour 

Category 1 – Health and Care workers directly supporting COVID-19 response, and associated staff; Health and Care workers supporting life threatening emergency work, as well as critical primary and community care provision; Critical energy suppliers; staff providing childcare/learning for other category 1 staff. 

Critical to LRP response 

Red 

Category 2 – All other Health and Care workers, and wider public sector workers providing emergency/critical welfare services (for example: fire, police, prisons, social workers), as well as those supporting our Critical National Infrastructure, without whom serious damage to the welfare of the people of Scotland could be caused. 

Critical to support vulnerable people 

Yellow 

Category 3 – All workers (private, public or third sector) without whom there could be a significant impact on Scotland (but where the response to COVID-19, or the ability to perform essential tasks to keep the country running, would not be severely compromised). 

Critical to Digital 

Critical to Organisation 

Green 

Grey 

You can check this in detail for your role is on our ACC critical Services list

Anyone  eligible to access the facility must book their test in advance and this can be done via the booking portal. Key workers can be tested twice a week three days apart. If you have any queries about how you should access your test please contact employeerelations@aberdeencity.gov.uk

You will be allowed time away from your work to take a test but this should be at a time that supports organisational needs, so please discuss this with your manager in advance.  

Lateral Flow tests are self-administered to give a quick results, are used for people who do not have symptoms. Test are self-administered by taking a swab sample from the back of the throat and nose. The process takes minutes and results will be sent by the NHS via text or email normally within 90 minutes. 

Anyone testing positive with a lateral flow test should self-isolate and will be asked to have their result confirmed using a PCR test  where necessary to help stop the spread. As an ACC employee you can request a test here or through the NHS direct.

PCR tests are mainly for people who have symptoms. They’re sent to a lab to be checked. Most people get their result the next day, but it may take up to 3 days.

For more information you can read the Community Testing FAQs from NHS Grampian.

For key workers within Adult Social Work services the process for ordering LFD testing kits is detailed in this document – Lateral Flow Testing Kits for Social Work Staff_v2April2021.


Test and Protect - What You Need To Know

Test and Protect is Scotland’s approach to implementing the test, trace, isolate, support strategy, it is a public health measure designed to break chains of transmission of COVID-19 in the community. Full details can be found here.

The NHS will test people who have symptoms, trace people who may have become infected by spending time in close contact with someone who tests positive, and then support those close contacts to self-isolate.  That means if they have the virus they are less likely to pass it on to others.  

Please follow the Health Protection Scotland guidance  if an employee becomes unwell with coronavirus symptoms at work.  The person should leave work to self‑isolate straight away and, if possible, wear a face covering on route and avoid public transport. 

Anyone with symptoms must now request a test and those who tests positive for COVID19 NHS contact tracers will interview them and get in touch with people they have been in close contact with, to tell them they must self-isolate for 10 days. 

If an ACC employee is informed by a contact tracer that they should isolate, management should assist them to do so straight away.  They may feel well, as the virus could still be incubating when they are asked to isolate. Some people who are asked to isolate may not become unwell, but they must stay at home and self-isolate for the full 10 days.  You can ask them to work from home if they are able to and they are not unwell.

Please remember anyone who has symptoms or a member of the same household, must request a test, see below for details. 

Please note NHS contact tracers may require someone to self-isolate more than once and even if they have previously tested positive for coronavirus and have recovered.

Further information on self-isolation can be found on our self-isolation pages.

Workforce Testing

The primary purpose for workforce COVID-19 testing is to allow workers to return to work as soon as they are able by identifying those with no COVID-19 symptoms, or who have recovered from a period of illness.

A secondary purpose is to confirm COVID-19 infection in council workers allowing us to monitor infection rates. 

  • If a worker has a high temperature or fever, a new continuous cough or a loss or changed sense of smell or taste, and has to self-isolate for 10 days then they can request to be tested. A negative test result will allow them to return to work once they are well enough even if that is before 10 days.  If they feel well enough after 10 days, and have not had a high temperature for 48 hours (without taking any medicines to treat a high temperature) they can return to work. It is not unusual for people to feel unwell for longer than 10 days even in milder cases.
  • If a worker is in household isolation for 10 days because they live with someone who has a high temperature or fever, a new continuous cough or a loss or changed sense of smell or taste, then they can request a test be offered to their household member(s) with symptoms. A negative test result will mean the 10-day household isolation period is lifted immediately and the staff member can return to work.
  • Essential workers in health, social care and education can access testing whether they have symptoms or not and should book a test directly online via the self-referral portal.
  • All other employees with symptoms can request a test through ACC (see below) or self-refer online via NHSinform.scot/test-and-protect or by calling 0800 028 2816

To book a Covid-19 test thorough ACC, you or a member of your household, must have symptoms before you will be tested.

How to request a test:

  1. Worker to complete and submit this form
  2. P&O will send application to NHSG for testing
  3. NHSG will call employee with appointment details
  4. Worker informed of results
  5. Worker informs result to line manager and eghg@aberdeencity.gov.uk

Eligibility

  • Testing is available for individuals with COVID-19 symptoms.

Self-Referral Form

  • Please complete and submit the online form

FAQs

  • Essential workers in health, social care and education can access testing whether they have symptoms or not and should book a test directly online via the self-referral portal.
  • All other employees with symptoms can request a test through ACC (online form), self-refer online via NHSinform.scot/test-and-protect or by calling 0800 028 2816

There are three scenarios in which employees would have to self-isolate for an extended period:

  • they have symptoms of COVID-19
    • continuous cough
    • fever/high temperature (37.8C or greater)
    • loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste (anosmia)
  • they have been informed by an NHS contact tracer that they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive
  • they live with a person who has symptoms or has tested positive.

You only need to self isolate if:

  • you have symptoms of COVID-19
    • continuous cough
    • fever/high temperature (37.8C or greater)
    • loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste (anosmia)
  • you have been informed by an NHS contact tracer that you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive
  • you live with a person who has symptoms or has tested positive.

If you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, you should self‑isolate at home straight away and refer yourself for a test. 

  • Essential workers in health, social care and education can access testing whether they have symptoms or not and should book a test directly online via the self-referral portal.
  • All other employees with symptoms can request a test through ACC (online form), self-refer online via NHSinform.scot/test-and-protect or by calling 0800 028 2816

If the test result is negative, you can return to work when you feel well enough to do so. If you test positive, you should continue to self-isolate and will be contacted by the Health Protection Team at NHSG who will provide advice and support to you.

If you become unwell with COVID-19 symptoms at work, we require you to follow Public Health guidance.  You should leave work to self‑isolate straight away and, if possible, wear a face covering on route and avoid using public transport. You should refer yourself for a test –

  • Essential workers in health, social care and education can access testing whether they have symptoms or not and should book a test directly online via the self-referral portal.
  • All other employees can request a test through ACC (online form), self-refer online via NHSinform.scot/test-and-protect or by calling 0800 028 2816

If you are informed by a contact tracer as having been in close contact with a person with a confirmed case, you should self-isolate straight away for 10 days. A close contact is someone who has been physically close enough to the confirmed case for a long enough period, that they may have had the virus transmitted to them.  The risk of the virus being transmitted is higher the closer the contact, the greater the exposure to respiratory droplets (for example from coughing), and the longer the duration of the contact.

You may feel well, as the virus could still be incubating when you are asked to self-isolate. You may not become unwell, but you must stay at home and self-isolate for the full 10 days during the potential incubation period for Covid-19.  You can work from home if you are able to do so and are not unwell.

If during the 10 day period you develop symptoms, you should refer yourself for testing soon as you experience symptoms.

If the test result is negative, you must continue to self-isolate for the remainder of the original 10 day period.  If the test result is positive, you should self-isolate for 10 days from when your symptoms started.  You should do this even if this takes you over the 14 day self-isolation period.

If you have been identified by an NHS contact tracers as having been in close contact with a person with a confirmed case, you will not be told who it is you have been in contact with. Where you are notified of this you must self-isolate for the full 10 days and notify your line manager immediately.

You will be asked to remain at home completely during this time; anyone in self-isolation should not be undertaking outdoor exercise or shopping trips. If you develop symptoms, any close contacts, such as household members, would then be asked to self-isolate for 10 days and you would require to self-isolate for a period of 10 days starting from the time that symptoms developed. When symptoms develop you should refer yourself or a household member for a test.

If you do not have symptoms and are self-isolating as a close contact of person who is a confirmed case, you will have to self-isolate for 10 days. You do not need to be referred for a test unless you develop symptoms. If you develop symptoms you should refer yourself for testing.

You will not need to self-isolate along with your partner, as long as they have no symptoms.

You are able to leave the house in line with physical distancing guidance and regulations that apply to the whole population.  

If they develop symptoms, at this point you will have to self-isolate for 10 days. A test should be requested for your partner using Aberdeen City Council’s testing process.

If for any reason you cannot access a test, you need to continue to self-isolate for 10 days from the time your symptoms started.  You can then return to work if you feel well and have not had a high temperature for 48 hours (without taking any medicines to treat a high temperature). If you are unable to access a test e.g. because you don’t drive, please email EGHG@aberdeencity.gov.uk to make them aware of this – home visits are available for those without access to a car.

When you receive your test result,  please notify your Line Manager and confirm the result of your test to EGHG@aberdeencity.gov.uk.

If your test result is negative, you can return to work when you feel well enough to do so.

If it is positive, NHS Grampian will contact you to provide advice and guidance and you should remain in self-isolation and follow any advice given.

Yes, self-isolation may be required on more than one occasion.

Please note NHS contact tracers may require someone to self-isolate even if they have previously tested positive for COVID-19 and have recovered.

Yes, however if you can undertake work from home while self-isolating, you should do so.

If you are too unwell to undertake any work, your manager should record this as –

Leave type: SICK LEAVE – COVID, Reason: COVID – Positive Test

If you are well enough, and can undertake work from home, this should be recorded as –

Leave type: COVID – WORKING FROM HOME, Reason: COVID – Self Isolation/symptoms

If you are otherwise well enough, but are unable to undertake work from home, this should be recorded as –

Leave type – SPECIAL LEAVE (PAID) INC COVID, Reason: SP18 COVID – Self Isolation/symptoms

Essential workers in health, social care and education can access testing whether they have symptoms or not and should book a test directly online via the self-referral portal.

All other employees with symptoms can request a test through ACC (online form), self-refer online via NHSinform.scot/test-and-protect or by calling 0800 028 2816

Yes, if you have symptoms you should refer yourself for testing immediately.

No, if you have already attended a test out with the agreed Aberdeen City Council process, please notify your Line Manager of the result and email EGHG@aberdeencity.gov.uk.

  • Essential workers in health, social care and education can access testing whether they have symptoms or not and should book a test directly online via the self-referral portal.
  • Lateral Flow Testing is now available for critical key workers, further information can be found above.
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