Testing for businesses

Businesses of all sizes across Lancashire, where staff cannot work from home during lockdown, can now access workplace testing for employees not showing symptoms.


The test will tell you if you were infectious with COVID-19 at the time the test was taken.  The test cannot detect very low levels of coronavirus so if you have only recently been infected or if you have mostly recovered, the test may not give a positive result.  The repeat testing model, allows for changes in the viral load and therefore repeated testing should take place every 3 to 5 days.

Obtaining consent/permission from employees

Participation is voluntary for the programme.  We are hoping that many people will recognise the benefits of getting involved in local testing efforts to reduce the spread of the virus in workplaces and local communities. However, as a workplace, you will need to make arrangements, as appropriate for your setting, in the instance of an employee who does not wish to consent to take part in testing.

The testing journey 

Your employees will be asked to do their own swab.  Instructions are available for guidance as well as a short video explainer.  The employee will then place the swab in the test tube, as presented by the test operative.

Self swabbing poster (PDF 180 KB)

Your testing operatives will then complete the sampling process exactly as they have been trained in the online modules.

What to do if the test is positive

If you get a positive result:

  • You should return home and self-isolate immediately for ten days.
  • Make sure you travel straight home from having your test if you receive a positive result and do not visit any shops, services or other houses, as you could put others at risk
  • Inform everyone in your household or bubble that they must self-isolate for 10 days

What to do if the test is negative 

A negative result means the test did not find coronavirus, so you were not infectious when the test was done.  You should continue to follow the national guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands regularly; use a face covering when shopping or using indoor services; stay at least 2 metres apart from others.
  • If you develop symptoms of coronavirus, you will need to book a new test at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.

If your employee has symptoms of coronavirus

Lateral testing is not suitable if your employee already has symptoms of coronavirus.  Please book a test at a local testing site by:

  • Calling 119
  • Visiting nhs.uk/coronavirus
  • Using the NHS Covid-19 App
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