This page provides guidance for workers and carers performing a nasal rapid antigen test on a person who is visually impaired.
Workers and carers can take simple steps to perform a nasal rapid antigen test on someone who is visually impaired:
Today I'll be giving you a nasal rapid antigen test. This is a way to check if you have COVID-19. The test may feel uncomfortable, but it shouldn't hurt. Once I'm finished, we'll have to wait about 10-15 minutes (change minutes if test kit indicates a different waiting time), and then the test results will show up. I'll talk you through the process, so you know what we're doing at every step. If you have questions or want to stop at any time, please let me know. Do you give permission for me to do this test on you today? I'm going to wash/sanitise my hands and set up the testing kit now.
I'll be inserting a swab into each of your nostrils. A swab is a bit like a long cotton tip with a soft end – it's sealed in a packet to keep it hygienic and you may hear me opening the packet now. I'm not going to touch the soft end of the swab that is going to go in your nose. We're going to use the same swab for both nostrils. I will move the swab around in each nostril for 15 seconds – you're going to feel it touch the back of your nose. Please hold still for me while I do the test so we can get a good sample from your nose. Are you ready?
Now I'm going to take the swab from your nose and mix it in a tube that has testing solution in it. When it's properly mixed, I'll then pour a few drops of the liquid onto the testing cassette, and we'll wait 10-15 minutes (change minutes if test kit indicates a different waiting time) for your result. The testing cassette is about the length and width of your pointer finger – it's thinner than a smartphone. It has a small well/hole at one end that I'm going to pour the solution into now and at the other end is a small window where we'll see lines appear showing if the test has detected COVID-19 or not. If I see two lines on your test, it means you've tested positive for COVID-19. If there's only one line, it means that COVID-19 wasn't detected.
Your test is showing two lines, which means you've tested positive for COVID-19. I'll help you register your result with Service NSW. We can either do this online on the Service NSW website or website, or over the phone by calling Service NSW – do you have a preference? We'll have to answer a few questions about you when we register the result to make sure you get the right level of support and health advice.
Your test is showing one line, which is a negative result. If you've got COVID-19 symptoms, you should still stay home and self-isolate until you feel better. We can do another rapid antigen test in a couple of days. If you don't have COVID-19 symptoms, you don't need to self-isolate.
Unfortunately, your test hasn't worked correctly, so we'll need to do it again. You didn't do anything wrong. I may not have taken a big enough sample or there may have been something wrong with the test. Are you ready to try again now?