Two new Lateral Flow Device testing sites have been launched this week meaning that residents across the county should now have access to a Community testing site.
Testing site at Rushden Hall
A “pop-up” community Lateral Flow Device Testing Centre is opening at Hall Park, Rushden Hall today (Thursday 15 April), the first of its kind within Northamptonshire. This site will offer testing for both pre booked and walk-in appointments as well as being a collection point for test kit orders.
The new site will be open Tuesday to Saturday from 7:30am to 10:00am and 3:30pm to 7:30pm, providing a wide variety of testing slots.
Testing site at Kettering
In addition, a new Community Lateral Flow Device testing site is also launching today at North Pavilion Drive, Kettering, which will also act as a click and collect site.
This venue will be open Tuesday to Saturday from 9:00am to 10:00am and 3:30pm to 7:30pm for pre-booked test slots.
Anyone in England who does not have symptoms can get regular rapid Lateral Flow Device tests to check for coronavirus. Those that are eligible to collect tests to complete at home, will be able to collect these from this venue. You can find out more about ordering tests.
If you attend or work at a school, college or nursery you can get rapid tests through your school, college or nursery.
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.
Each test involves a swab of the mouth and nose and provides a result within 30 minutes.
Although anyone can now get regular testing, it is advised that people unable to work from home and/or those who are visiting hospitality or retail settings take up the opportunity to get tested on a twice-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 North and West Northamptonshire Councils said:
If you do have COVID-19 symptoms, please do not use these sites, please call 119 or visit the Government website to get a test.