23 February 2021

​A fourth community Lateral Flow Device Testing Centre has opened at Brackley Leisure Centre, South Northants.

The location of this site will mean that those working in the South of the county will be able to access asymptomatic testing more easily.

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 9am to 12pm midday and 2pm to 6pm, providing employees with a range of time slots to access the testing.

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 COVID-19 test online

Priority is given to workers in the following sectors:

  • Health or social care
  • Transportation
  • 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 highlight that a negative test result is not an absolute guarantee that you do not have COVID-19 and 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 fourth Community Lateral Flow Device testing site at Brackley Leisure Centre. The staff at the centre have worked incredibly hard to ensure that they provide a valuable resource to the local community.

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 some reassurance that workers are less likely to transmit the virus without knowing”.

For more information on Lateral Flow device testing and guidance on how to book a testing slot, please visit the COVID-19 community-based testing page.

If you do have COVID-19 symptoms, please call 119 or visit GOV.UK to book a coronavirus test.