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Coronavirus Swab Testing
Gloucestershire CCG is pleased to inform practices that from 18th Feb 2020, GHC is operating a Home Testing Team (HTT) for people who are housebound or reliant on Public Transport or Taxis. This service is for people who require a swab to be taken, if identified by 111 as necessary.
GHC will contact the patient once they have been identified by 111, that they require a swab for coronavirus, to explain the arrangements and agree a time to visit the patient’s home.
111 will direct people able to transport themselves, who have been identified to have a swab, to either Gloucester Royal Hospital or Cheltenham General Hospital. There are Priority Assessment Services at both these sites called PODs, which are situated in the two hospitals away from the Emergency Departments, where the swabs will be taken.
Negative results hub
GHC are additionally operating a negative results hub service, to ring patients with the news that their test is negative.
If the result is positive the patient will be contacted by PHE who will explain the arrangements for their care.
This service runs 7 days a week (9-5pm Mon-Fri, 9-4pm Sat-Sun). If a patient is referred out of these hours, they will be contacted by the HTT between 9-10am the following morning.
If the patient received their test within the acute (and not a pod), they will receive the result from GHT.
You will receive a copy of the result on ICE, and do not need to take any additional action. Patients who are required to have a sick note for their 14 day isolation period, have been advised to call their GP practice and ask for a GP call back.