At the heart of the return to work is controlling the risk posed by the virus. SKC Occupational Health can help you ensure safe working practices are in place and help deliver a safe return to work for you and your staff.
We are qualified Specialist community public health nurses (that’s what the SCPHN bit after our names means). We can offer specialist knowledge and guidance on Risk Assessment and infection control management including laboratory accredited COVID -19 antigen screening and antibody testing.
We have developed a Covid -19 Health risk assessment tool designed to provide a medical vulnerability risk assessment to support the return to work for employees who may have health conditions that could impact on risk to health when exposed to Coronavirus.
There are two types of tests.
The Antigen test, a laboratory test, looks directly for the virus’s genetic material (RNA) through a process termed polymerase chain reaction (PCR).
SKC Occupational Health has partnered with an accredited laboratory and can offer screening Antigen tests required for travel and sport events.
SKC Occupational Health clinicians will NOT test actively symptomatic clients: If you are symptomatic you can book an antigen test at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
The Antibody tests are currently being evaluated, no test is 100% reliable. The antibody tests look for evidence that the person has been exposed and has immune antibodies to the virus.
SKC Occupational Health has partnered with an accredited laboratory and can offer screening antibody tests for the presence of IgM and IgG. Please be aware that clinical evidence regarding the presence of antibodies is unclear in relation to immunity protection to COVID-19 and therefore current guidance regarding social distancing and Covid-19 risk management remains unchanged.
SKC Occupational Health can provide some useful guidance and pointers to resources you may not have been aware of, we can offer practical assistance in terms of navigating the new return-to-work landscape.
Test to Release Covid19 Services
In addition to Pre Travel Swab Services, SKC Occupational Health Ltd are proud to be able to offer International Travelers access to the Test to Release Covid19 Services. We have partnered with Randox, a government approved laboratory to provide a reliable and smooth process for your testing needs.
If you are returning to England you will need to self-isolate and not leave your home for 10 days – unless you take a Covid19 and receive a negative result. This is known as Test to Release. The earliest you can take the test is 5 full days after you left a country not on the travel corridor list. You will still need to self-isolate until you receive a negative result.
The scheme is voluntary and applies to those self-isolating in England only.
How will the Test to Release system work?
24 hours before your trip comes to an end: You will need to have a look on UK Govt covid-19-travel-corridors list and check to see if the country that you are returning is on the governments travel corridor list or not.
If it is not you will need to book a Test to Release Covid 19 PCR
Clinician performed test.
- Day One: You arrive back in England from a quarantine country, you need to go straight to your self-isolation destination and begin your isolation period in line with the gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-test-to-release-for-international-travel.
- Day Five: You can now physically attend your booked clinician appointment, your PCR sample will be sent directly to the laboratory.
- Day Seven – Eight: You will receive your results via email, if this is Negative you are able to end your self-isolation period. If this result is anything other than Negative, we will contact you immediately to discuss.
For more information email us via the website portal titled Test to release
Please get in touch and request a self-test PCR Pack to use on Day Five after arrival.
Instructions for the self-test is included in the pack sent directly from SKC OH Ltd
- Day Seven – Eight: You will receive your results via email, if this is Negative you are able to end your self-isolation period. If this result is anything other than Negative, we will contact you immediately to discuss the results .
JANUARY 2021 – UKAS Accreditation
Requirements for private providers of COVID-19 (SARS-CoV2) testing
SKC OH Ltd Stage 2 UKAS Appraisal – Quality Assurance Covid Testing.
As testing for SARS-CoV2 has become more widespread, there has been increasing demand in procuring testing for COVID-19 privately. DHSC has recently introduced requirements for private providers wishing to offer testing of international arrivals (Stage 1 in the process to achieving accreditation). UKAS has been implementing accreditation in a way that testing activity can expand whilst maintaining confidence in the quality.
Through Stage 1: UKAS Application, have set up capability for testing providers to self-declare against minimum requirements through online registration on the gov.uk website. UKAS performs an assessment of the provider’s declaration and where the assessment demonstrates requirements have been met, providers will appear on a published list on the gov.uk website. This was achieved by SKC OH Ltd Jan 2021.
To facilitate the ability to achieve accreditation and to continue to actively demonstrate progress towards achieving UKAS accreditation, a formal second stage (Stage 2 UKAS Appraisal) has been introduced. SKC OH Ltd has achieved Stage 2 appraisal.
UKAS accreditation process for either ISO 15189 or ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation is aiming to be achieved by June 2021. Once UKAS accreditation is awarded, this is the final stage, stage 3.
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We are a small business but we aim to get back to you within 1-2 business days.
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm
Contact Number: 01865 522667
Did you know?
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If you would like to read more on the Government Covid -19 test strategy then please read this.