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Coronavirus: home testing pilot launched in London to cut hospital visits and ambulance use

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m621 (Published 14 February 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m621

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Coronavirus: rolling out community testing for covid-19 in the NHS

  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

People with suspected covid-19 in London are being tested in their homes as part of a pilot that was developed by doctors to stop unnecessary ambulance use and hospital visits.

The community testing scheme started at the end of January at North West London NHS Trust and has now been implemented in three other trusts: University College London Hospital, St George’s University Hospital, and Guys and St Thomas’. More than 130 patients have been tested in two weeks.

The home testing initiative was started by Laurence John from the infectious diseases department at Northwick Park Hospital. He told The BMJ that the need for community testing became clear after 25 London ambulances had to be taken out of …

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