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Seven days in medicine: 11-17 November 2020

BMJ 2020; 371 doi: (Published 19 November 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;371:m4459


NHS staff cast doubt on twice weekly testing

NHS England and NHS Improvement said that all 250 000 patient facing NHS staff working in 34 NHS trusts in England would be tested for covid-19 twice a week using the lateral flow test device, and full roll-out is expected by the end of this week, including primary care. However, Andy Robinson commented on Twitter, “Twice a week?? I’m a community nurse and I have not had a single covid test since this all started.” Another tweet said, “Strange. Whilst working both frontline NHS and now supposedly employed as a doctor (despite being a med student) I have never had a single routine covid test.” (Full story doi:10.1136/bmj.m4376)

Care home visitors get tests in pilot scheme

A pilot scheme was launched in England to provide regular covid-19 testing for one family member or friend of people living in care homes in Hampshire, Cornwall, and Devon. From 16 November visitors will be offered either polymerase chain reaction tests, which they can do at home, or the new 30 minute rapid lateral flow tests, which can be administered in person at care homes before a visit. The scheme is expected to be rolled out more widely in December.

Clinics are set up to tackle long covid

A network of more than 40 long covid specialist clinics in England are due to open at …

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