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The NHS in Norfolk and Waveney is rapidly expanding its community coronavirus testing service. Initially it focused on health and care staff. We are pleased to confirm our testing arrangements have advanced rapidly this weekend, and from tomorrow all key workers in Norfolk and Waveney will be eligible for testing at one of our three centres. Key workers include many people working in education, transport, many public services, energy, power and water/sewerage workers, and those working to provide, distribute or sell food. The precise definition is available on this government web page:https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested#key-workers

The Norfolk and Waveney service will enable local key workers and symptomatic family members, to apply for a test. If they meet the clinical criteria they will be given an appointment for testing in King’s Lynn, Norwich or Gorleston. It offers a different choice to the national testing service, which uses regional centres such as Ipswich, Stansted and Peterborough. We recommend people try to book using our local system rather than the national system because you will be directed to a local test centre rather than a regional centre although the national system offers home tests which equally some people may prefer.

Attached to this email is a copy of our public communication providing more detail, which we trust you will find helpful. It is also reproduced on the NNUH website:http://www.nnuh.nhs.uk/our-services/covid-19-testing-key-workers/