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Antibody testing programme will test health and social care staff in EnglandAntibody testing programme will test health and social care staff in England

A new national antibody testing programme will offer antibody tests to determine if someone has had COVID-19. The tests will be available to NHS and care staff, eligible patients and care residents in England.

The test will not determine at this stage if someone has developed immunity to the disease, but results will provide useful information to progress research about immunity.

Tests will be prioritised for NHS and care staff, and clinicians will be able to request them for patients in both hospital and social care settings if they deem it appropriate.

Health and social care staff will be asked by their employer whether they want to have an antibody test. The testing programme for care staff will be phased across regions in England. DHSC will agree the details with local leaders. Social care staff will be tested using a separate phlebotomy service, which will be able to take blood at their place of work.

Press release, Government to offer antibody tests to health and social care staff and patients in England, published 21 May 2020

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