**Visiting the Practice**

We would like to politely remind all our patients and carers that they should not under any circumstances attend BCHC if they have symptoms of COVID-19 (unless specifically requested to do so by a clinician)  OR if they have had a positive LFT/PCR confirming that they are suffering with the virus OR if you are awaiting results of a PCR test.

It is imperative to the safety of our staff and patients that these mandatory isolation instructions are followed.  This is also integral to the practice’s ability to continue to provide you with care by limiting any necessary isolation of staff.  

The guidance on testing is changing from Tuesday 11 January:-

“From 11 January in England, people who receive positive lateral flow device (LFD) test results for coronavirus (COVID-19) will be required to self-isolate immediately and won’t be required to take a confirmatory PCR test.

This is a temporary measure while COVID-19 rates remain high across the UK. Whilst levels of COVID-19 are high, the vast majority of people with positive LFD results can be confident that they have COVID-19.

Lateral flow tests are taken by people who do not have COVID-19 symptoms. Anyone who develops 1 of the 3 main COVID-19 symptoms should stay at home and self-isolate and take a PCR test. They must self-isolate if they get a positive test result, even if they have had a recent negative lateral flow test – these rules have not changed.”

See https://www.gov.uk/government/news/confirmatory-pcr-tests-to-be-temporarily-suspended-for-positive-lateral-flow-test-results for more information.

Published: Jan 6, 2022