We are still getting many patients with respiratory symptoms who have not booked a lab polymerase chain reaction (PCR) covid test, thinking that a rapid lateral flow slide test is sufficient, or thinking that a rapid lateral flow slide test is the same as a lab PCR covid test.
Please note that GPs get copies of all lab PCR covid tests performed, so if you state that you have had one done, we can always check the result.
Just a reminder: rapid lateral flow slide tests are NOT to be used if you have symptoms. They are for screening to detect covid when you have no symptoms (one third of covid patients have no symptoms). If your test is negative then there is a very good chance you are clear of covid infection. If your test is positive, you then need to confirm the result with a lab PCR covid test.
Lab PCR covid tests are used for when you have symptoms. You must self isolate till you get the result.
The Government has announced that from 17th May 2021, people will be able to demonstrate their COVID 19 vaccine status for travelling purposes, by accessing the NHS app, or by calling 119.
Please do not contact your GP surgery about your COVID 19 vaccination status. GPs cannot provide letters showing your COVID 19 vaccination status.
Please see Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status when travelling abroad on GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) for further information.
Proof of your vaccination status will be available on the NHS app, which is also valuable for accessing your health records and ordering repeat prescriptions.
Alternatively, you can call the NHS helpline on 119 from 17th May and ask for a letter to be posted to you. This must be at least 5 days after you’ve completed your course of the vaccine; the letter may to take up to 5 days to reach you.