// Boots to test NHS staff for Covid-19 amid the pandemic
// Managing director Seb James said Boots will recruit trained professionals from its workforce & wider community
Boots has said it will support the government amid the coronavirus pandemic by rolling out Covid-19 testing facilities for NHS workers across the UK.
The health and beauty retailer confirmed that the testing will not be taking place in stores but locations remain unknown and described as scattered across the UK.
Boots UK managing director Seb James said in a statement that the retailer was working with the NHS to recruit trained professionals from both the Boots workforce and the wider community.
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“I am extremely proud that Boots is supporting Covid-19 testing for NHS workers,” he said.
“Boots has been at the heart of UK healthcare for 171 years and has always come forward to support the community in times of need.
“I am sure there will be many trained healthcare clinicians and students, who will step forward to support our dedicated NHS colleagues.”
Following the government’s announcement to shut all non-essential services, Boots closed its in-store beauty and fragrance counters last week.
Boots said it has encouraged affected staff to switch to working in its healthcare and pharmacy departments.