As you will be aware the government recently announced the start of a new national anti-body testing programme, which plans to provide anti-body tests to NHS staff in England.
Anti-body tests are used to detect anti-bodies to the CoViD-19 virus, indicating if you have previously had the virus. The test works by taking a blood sample and testing for the presence of anti-bodies, to see if you have developed an immune response to the virus. Anti-body tests differ to the virus swab (PCR) test, which tests to see if you currently have the virus. Please be aware that if you receive a positive anti-body result it does not mean that you are immune, or that you cannot pass on the virus to others. It also does not mean that you can ignore social distancing measures.
Please note, this is a voluntary test and we ask you to consider the guidance before deciding whether to have this test.
If you are interested in receiving the test, please download and read the information on the information/consent form (HERE). It is important that all the boxes are completed and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. It may take some time before you receive a call back to discuss the appointment date and time due to the volume of tests required for staff members across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire and limited appointment slots. Currently, appointments are being offered at the Bristol Royal Infirmary and at Emersons Green Treatment Centre, however we have plans to increase this offer as soon as possible across the CCG areas. You will be informed regarding details of where to go when you receive the call to make the booking from BrisDoc. You will need your ID badge or proof of identity. Please bring a face covering/mask.
By returning this form, you are consenting to be called back with an appointment for the test to be carried out.
Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG