Covid-19 Testing Information
Lateral Flow Testing; also known as community testing
The Government has started implementing their roadmap to ease the country out of lockdown. Step one and two have been successful and to ensure the rest of the steps are achieved we need to ensure that cases remain very low. Despite infection rates remaining low across the District Community; testing will continue for people without symptoms. We know that one in three people who have the virus show no symptoms, and it's essential we identify those not showing symptoms so we are able to break the chain of infection. Everyone is encouraged to test at least twice a week, but especially when visiting loved ones, socialising within the current restrictions and if your children go to school. If you test positive, please self-isolate for 10 days and report a self-test result. Please report even if you have a negative test.
There are a number of options to getting tested:
Community testing site (not if you have Covid-19 symptoms).
Every week pop up sites will be available in each locality. To see this week's testing locations and to book your test in advance please click here.
You can collect testing kits for home use from these test sites and also from Wombourne Library, Church Road, Wombourne WV5 9EZ.
You can now collect test kits from a pharmacy near you. To find one click here Find a pharmacy
Home Delivery Test Kits
If you cannot get to a testing site or to a pharmacy, then you can still order online for test kits to be delivered to your home here - order test kits
If you are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 please do not attend any of the above locations, you must isolate and book a test with the NHS by clicking here.
Why are you asking people without symptoms and those who have had the vaccination to get tested?
We know that one in three people can be infected with the Covid-19 virus but have no symptoms and you can pass the virus on to your family and friends. It is essential we identify those not showing symptoms so we are able to break the chain of infection.
You can still carry the Covid-19 virus even if you have had your vaccination - don't risk infecting your loved ones!
While the roll out of the vaccine programme continues at pace, it will be several months before everyone is vaccinated and many more months before the full benefit, therefore, it is important testing continues even for those who have received the vaccine.
Can I only get a test if I live in an area with high cases?
No, all residents of Staffordshire without symptoms can now do a lateral flow test if they need to and are strongly encouraged to do so at every opportunity.
How will this help?
Giving people without symptoms the opportunity to get tested quickly and conveniently means that they can check if they're infectious and isolate if they need to.
This lessens the chance of an unknowingly infectious person shopping, going to work, or visiting people they're caring for and spreading the virus further.
Do you want all residents without symptoms to get tested?
Covid-19 will be with us for a long time yet. To ensure that cases remain low so there are no further lockdowns, we want as many residents as possible to get into a routine of having tests on a regular basis. This can easily be achieved with the number of options available to residents. Take a test and isolate for 10 days if you are positive, this helps break the infection chain.
What will this test tell me?
If you get a positive result, it is likely that you were infectious at the time the test was taken.
The test cannot detect very low levels of coronavirus in a sample, so if you have only recently been infected, are in the incubation period, or if you have mostly recovered, the test may not give a positive result.
How much do I have to pay for a rapid test?
Nothing. The tests are free.
What do I do if I test positive?
You will need to self-isolate for 10 days.
I'm worried about getting tested and not being able to go to work
Eligible individuals who test positive will be entitled to the £500 Test and Trace Support Payment in the same way as a regular test through NHS Test and Trace. Please note the government has laid down eligibility criteria for these payments.
What do I do if I test negative?
Continue to follow the preventative measures currently recommended for stopping the spread of the virus and stay at home as much as possible.
Should I book a rapid test if I have symptoms
No, if you have symptoms of coronavirus – high temperature, persistent cough or loss of / change in taste or smell – you need to book a test at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119 in England and Wales, or 0300 303 2713 in Scotland and Northern Ireland