How is the Covid-19 Volunteer Testing Network helping GP surgeries with testing?


The project is looking to recruit smaller laboratories who are not currently working with the Government. These laboratories will conduct regular Covid-19 testing to supplement the Government programme by making an increasing number of tests available to frontline healthcare staff.

What do you need to do?


If a laboratory in your area is part of the volunteer scheme, then you can start getting testing immediately for your surgery staff. If you are happy to be included in the testing, we will drop swabs to you and you will need to follow these initial steps:

  • Distribute & collect swabs from your staff (repeated twice a week).
  • Have the swabs ready for collection at your pre-arranged collection time.

Who can you test for Covid-19?


Each clinic will receive roughly nineteen swab tests at each collection, please, therefore, prioritise your patient-facing frontline staff who can infect others and who are most at risk. All staff who are already in self-isolation will also be eligible for testing to ensure that we can get as many staff as possible back to work. For the time being, we request that only GP practice staff can be tested, not patients.


 How much will it the testing cost?


The testing is being run not-for-profit and has backing from the Fischer Family trust. All tests for GPs are therefore free.


Will GPs be given instructions on how to run the test?


The Covid-19 volunteer network will support both the labs conducting the tests and the GP practice during the testing services. We will supply all documentation needed for GP practices to swab successfully, label the swabs and understand the results. In the case of a positive result, the labs will run another test within the next 24 hours as a confirmation.


These testing measures will help GP practices identify front line staff with the infection to help control the spread of Covid-19.

Our GP surgery needs testing

Our GP Surgery would benefit from testing services.

Our GP surgery needs testing

Our GP Surgery would benefit from testing services.

Case Study

Pangbourne Surgery


Pangbourne Surgery is a practice with 13,000 patients and nearly shut down due to multiple cases of COVID- 19 across their staff. They needed help confirming and monitoring the virus state to get them back up and running...




“In a time with so much uncertainty and anxiety, testing provided our GP practice with reassuring information that has allowed us to do jobs more productively, efficiently and safely.”

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