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Press release: Royal College of Physicians responds to launch of NHS Test and Trace app

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has responded to today’s launch by government of the NHS test and trace app.

Professor Donal O’Donoghue, Royal College of Physicians registrar said:

"This initial launch of the NHS Test and Trace app is a welcome step forward. It is vital the government does everything it can to increase the accuracy and coverage of NHS Test and Trace. The increased focus on partnership working between NHS Test and Trace and councils will be key to reducing COVID-19 community transmission.

"To ensure the app has the confidence of the public and healthcare staff, it is crucial that it works well in hospitals. Guidance from NHS England for its appropriate use in clinical settings is vital, and we look forward to working with them so that solutions to the challenges faced by NHS staff ​are incorporated into ​new guidance and the app’s functionality.

"Once the app is fully up and running, it will be important that uptake from healthcare staff and the general public is as high as possible to ensure its effectiveness."

Notes to editors

For more information please call Hannah Perlin, RCP Media Manager on 0203 075 1466 or email hannah.perlin@rcplondon.ac.uk.

For out-of-hours media enquiries, please call 07896 416409.

About the Royal College of Physicians
Everything we do at the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) is aimed at improving patient care and reducing illness. We are patient centred and clinically led, driving improvement in the diagnosis of disease, the care of individual patients and the health of the whole population, both in the UK and around the world. Our 38,000 members work in hospitals and the community across 30 different  medical specialties and range from medical students to retired doctors. The RCP is the oldest medical college in England.