The requirement for health and social care workers to self-isolate when they or their household contacts develop symptoms consistent with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection can lead to critical staff shortages in the context of a pandemic. In this report, we describe the implementation of a drive-through testing service in a single National Health Service region in Scotland. From 17 March 2020 to 11 April 2020, 1890 SARS-CoV-2 reverse transcription PCR assay (RT-PCR) tests were performed. 22% of tests were positive. Allowing the remaining 78% of staff to return to work within 24 hours was estimated to save over 8000 working days during the peak pandemic period.


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Parcell, B., Brechin, K., Allstaff, S., Park , M., Third, W., Bean, S., Hind, C., Farmer, R., Chalmers, J. & Chandler, D. 2020, 'Drive-through testing for SARS-CoV-2 in symptomatic health and social care workers and household members: an observational cohort study', Thorax, 75(12), pp. 1109-1111. https://doi.org/10.1136/thoraxjnl-2020-215128

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