Another community Lateral Flow Device Testing Centre has opened at Redwell Leisure Centre in Wellingborough. This complements the existing provision in Northampton, Corby and Brackley and offers a more local testing venue for those in Wellingborough and the surrounding areas.
Lateral Flow Device testing is otherwise known as rapid testing, and is used in people who do not have symptoms of COVID-19. The aim is to identify the one in three people who may be infectious without being aware, in order to reduce spread of the virus. Rapid testing enables swift action to be taken to protect colleagues and family members of those who test positive with COVID-19 and to reduce any onward risk of transmission.
The new site will be open Tuesday to Saturday from 08.00am to 12:00pm and 14:00pm to 18:00pm, providing a wide variety of testing slots.
Each test involves a swab of the mouth and nose and provides a result within 30 minutes.
Testing slots must be booked online in advance.Book a Lateral flow test
Priority is given to workers in the following sectors:
- Health or social care
- Education or childcare (if not receiving regular rapid tests via the workplace)
- Essential shop, supermarkets or financial services
- Food production or processing
- Warehousing, packing or distribution
- Essential public sector services including waste, bin collections, security etc
- Construction, utilities or communications
- Agency workers
It is advisable for people working in these sectors to take up the opportunity to get tested on a weekly basis to help to reduce the spread of the virus.
It is important to note that a negative test result is not an absolute guarantee that you do not have COVID-19. Therefore, you must still carry out thorough and regular hand washing, maintain 2 metre social distancing from those you do not live with and wear face coverings where required to do so.
Dr Rhosyn Harris, Consultant in Public Health at Northamptonshire County Council said:
We are delighted to be launching our Wellingborough Community Lateral Flow Device testing site. We know from our existing sites that regular testing of those without symptoms helps us identify a number of positive cases and cut the transmission by isolating those individuals.
It also provides workforces with some reassurance that workers are less likely to transmit the virus without knowing".
If you do have COVID-19 symptoms, please do not use these sites.
You can book a test online , on the Test and Trace app, or by calling 119.