As you may well be aware antibody testing for Covid 19 is becoming available. Across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight all NHS staff will be offered test for Covid 19 antibodies as part of the first phase of antibody testing. This is the first part of a planned roll-out to all health and social care staff as well as patients. The restriction is the number of tests that the laboratory we send our tests to can deal with each day. Currently we can only request 2 tests a day from our practice, hopefully this will increase soon but we have no information yet as to when this increase in capacity will occur. We are giving priority to our practice staff who need a test at the moment, our next priority is likely to be patients in care homes. We will be offering antibody testing to other patients once the tests in these groups have been done. We hope this will be soon as I am aware that there are many patients who would like to have antibody testing done for perfectly understandable reasons. Unfortunately we do not know when this will be yet, but as soon as we do we will be letting you know via our website and newsletter.
Requests for Letters for Schools
We understand that there is a considerable amount of anxiety amongst parents about their children returning to school during Covid 19. Unfortunately we are unable to provide a letter stating that your child does not need to attend school during Covid 19. Our advice is that all children should attend school in line with the advice given on the gov.uk site (please search for 'gov.uk guidance for full opening of schools' and see the 'Attendance' section). Please note that this advice applies to all children including those that may be in the vulnerable or extremely vulnerable groups. Should you consider that your child's school has not made adequate provision for prevention of transmission of Covid 19 as described in this document you should discuss this with the school.
The web address for this link is: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/guidance-for-full-opening-schools#attendance
Letters for Employers
Employees should liaise with their employer regarding safety measures in place for their return from shielding - we are unable to provide letters or certificates in support. Please go to directgov.co.uk for the most up to date advice.