Press release: Expanded study tests immune response of care home staff and residents

The Vivaldi 2 study will more than triple in size to provide a detailed picture of coronavirus infection in care homes in England. These findings will help improve understanding of these vulnerable groups immune response to COVID-19 and help inform future treatments for the virus.As part of the major research study led by University College London (UCL), 14,000 care home residents and staff will be tested quarterly for their immune response to COVID-19. The number of care homes taking part will increase from 100 to 340, testing approximately 4,500 residents and 9,500 staff.Researchers will analyse how antibody and cellular immunity to the virus differs among different groups and…

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Press release: NHS Test and Trace processes more tests and contacts more positive cases

During the week of 5 to 11 November, 1,997,623 tests were processed for pillars 1 and 2, an increase of 9% (158,444) compared with the previous week.A record number of positive cases (156,853) were transferred to contact tracers between 5 and 11 November, an 11% increase on the previous week. Of those, 84.9% were reached and told to self-isolate, 11,788 more than the previous week.In total during the week of 5 to 11 November, NHS Test and Trace successfully reached 323,080 people and asked them to self-isolate. These people might otherwise have unknowingly spread the virus.People are also being reached more quickly, with 72.8% of positive cases being…

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Press release: Expanded study tests immune response of care home staff and residents

The Vivaldi 2 study will more than triple in size to provide a detailed picture of coronavirus infection in care homes in England. These findings will help improve understanding of these vulnerable groups immune response to COVID-19 and help inform future treatments for the virus.As part of the major research study led by University College London (UCL), 14,000 care home residents and staff will be tested quarterly for their immune response to COVID-19. The number of care homes taking part will increase from 100 to 340, testing approximately 4,500 residents and 9,500 staff.Researchers will analyse how antibody and cellular immunity to the virus differs among different groups and…

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Guidance: Roll out of lateral flow tests to local authorities

Published 13 November 2020 Last updated 17 November 2020 +show all updates 17 November 2020Added the following local authorities to the list: Barnsley, Cheshire East, Cheshire West, Croydon, Derbyshire, Ealing, Havering, Hounslow, Leicester, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Medway, Northamptonshire, Rotherham, Sheffield and Thurrock. 13 November 2020First published. Source link

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Guidance: Roll out of lateral flow tests to local authorities

Guidance: Roll out of lateral flow tests to local authorities Department Of Health Details On 9 November the government announced it would be rolling out lateral flow tests across England to directors of public health. An initial list of local authorities is published above. This list will be updated as new local authorities are announced.Find out more information on the roll out of lateral flow tests across England. Published 13 November 2020 Source link

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Press release: Oxford University and PHE confirm high-sensitivity of lateral flow tests

Findings from independent evaluation of lateral flow tests published Findings from PHE Porton Down and Oxford University shows newly deployed lateral flow tests are highly reliable, sensitive and accurate in multiple settings Lateral flow tests deployed in Liverpool shown to have over 99.6% specificityExtensive clinical evaluation from Public Health England (PHE) and the University of Oxford show lateral flow tests are accurate and sensitive enough to be used in the community, including for asymptomatic people.Lateral flow tests are rapid turnaround tests that can process COVID-19 samples on site without the need for laboratory equipment, with most generating results in under half an hour.As part of the governments strategy…

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Press release: More rapid COVID-19 tests to be rolled out across England

Next stage of partnership between NHS Test and Trace and local directors of public health will enable increased testing of priority and high-risk groups in local communities on a weekly basis Increase in asymptomatic testing will help pick up more cases, stop the spread of the virus and support communities and critical industriesOver half a million rapid-turnaround lateral flow tests will be sent out by NHS Test and Trace to local public health leaders this week, signalling the next phase of the governments plan to expand asymptomatic testing for COVID-19, the Prime Minister announced today.Test kits will be issued to over 50 directors of public health across England…

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Press release: More rapid COVID-19 tests to be rolled out across England

Next stage of partnership between NHS Test and Trace and local directors of public health will enable increased testing of priority and high-risk groups in local communities on a weekly basis Increase in asymptomatic testing will help pick up more cases, stop the spread of the virus and support communities and critical industriesOver half a million rapid-turnaround lateral flow tests will be sent out by NHS Test and Trace to local public health leaders this week, signalling the next phase of the governments plan to expand asymptomatic testing for COVID-19, the Prime Minister announced today.Test kits will be issued to over 50 directors of public health across England…

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Cervical screening: pathway for acceptance of new HPV tests

Published 5 July 2019 Last updated 2 November 2020 + show all updates 2 November 2020Added acceptance criteria and elaborated on stress test and validation report in section 3 in pathways and minor corrections in appendix A and B. 5 July 2019First published. Source link

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Alcohol use screening tests – GOV.UK

Published 1 June 2017 Last updated 30 October 2020 + show all updates 30 October 2020Updated link to alcohol structured advice information leaflet to include ASSIST-Lite score. 1 June 2017First published. Source link

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