Menu

Free rapid Covid-19 tests available to all in Preston and Lancashire

Posted on - 9th April, 2021 - 11:23am | Author - | Posted in - Fylde News, Health, Politics, Preston News, Ribble Valley News, South Ribble News, Wyre News
A coronavirus testing site at Moor Park in Preston Pic: Donna Clifford
A coronavirus testing site at Moor Park in Preston Pic: Donna Clifford

Rapid coronavirus testing is now available to everyone in Lancashire, as the county heads out of lockdown and looks towards its recovery.

Advertisement

From today (Friday 9 April), rapid coronavirus testing kits for people with no symptoms are available to everyone in England, with people encouraged to test themselves twice a week.

Alongside the rollout of the vaccine, regular testing is at the heart of plans to reopen society and the economy, helping to suppress and control the spread of any possible variants.

Read more: Walton-Le-Dale park and ride is reopening from Monday 12 April

Up to now, rapid coronavirus tests, which differ from laboratory tests delivered via the NHS, have not been made widely available.

Advertisements

The main purpose of rapid coronavirus tests is to find people with Covid-19 infection who do not have any symptoms, in order to get them to self-isolate and to prevent them spreading the virus.

This means you should only take a rapid test – which usually show a result within 30 minutes – if you do not have any symptoms.

Read more: Deadline looming for voter registration for Lancashire County Council and Preston City Council elections

If you test positive for Covid-19 using a rapid test, you must begin to self-isolate and book a confirmatory test via the NHS as soon as possible.

This will help ensure that people do not need to self-isolate unnecessarily and help avoid any delays to your self-isolation payment.

Advertisements
barton manor gym

If you do have symptoms, you must begin to self-isolate immediately and book a test through the NHS.

Read more: Lancashire County Council investigating Covid Winter Grant claiming issues

The three most common symptoms are a high temperature; a new, continuous cough and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste, although a variety of other symptoms have been reported.

As well as being able to order rapid tests directly to their homes, residents can also take a rapid Covid test at numerous community sites across Lancashire, as well as via workplaces and the NHS.

This means it is easier than ever to utilise this crucial tool in the fight against Covid-19.

Dr Sakthi Karunanithi
Dr Sakthi Karunanithi

Dr Sakthi Karunanithi, Lancashire’s Director of Public Health, said: “Testing regularly will help us reclaim a more normal way of life in Lancashire.

“Since rapid testing was introduced, more than 120,000 positive cases across England that would not have been found otherwise have been identified.

“By making rapid tests available to everyone, the ability to identify and control variants will be greatly increased.

“This in turn will help break the chains of transmission and save lives by supporting people to self-isolate and to trace their contacts.

“As we begin to return to some form of normality, we must do so by continuing to follow all of the up-do-date Covid guidance.

Advertisements
caritas fostering advert

“Hand hygiene remains crucial and maintaining distance from others and wearing face masks where appropriate is also key.

“By doing all of these things and coming forward for your vaccine when it is your turn, you can play your part in helping Lancashire on its road to recovery.”

The latest vaccination stats in your area can be seen below

For more information about regular rapid tests if you do not have symptoms of Covid-19, visit here.

Read more: Latest news and updates from Blog Preston

Share
Advertisements
caritas fostering advert
Preston in pictures Bridge over the River Ribble Preston Lancashire - Aug.2015Preston Bus 211 F211 YHG (Leyland Lynx)Stagecoach bus on the X2 service to SouthportPreston Bus 216 G216 KRN (Leyland Lynx)34067 engine change @ Preston34067 engine change @ PrestonStagecoach North West 20733 K733 DAO (Volvo B10M-55 / Alexander PS)Pilons View more Advertisement Subscribe to the newsletter

Sign up below to receive Blog Preston's email newsletter. It wings its way into inboxes every Sunday and Wednesday rounding up our top stories and more.

Advertisement News by location

Find news by location, select an area of your choice to be kept up to date with the latest goings on.

The Preston Guide

Discover local businesses and services near you.

    Advertisements
Advertisement Categories

Find news by category, select an category of your choice to be kept up to date with the latest goings on.

Blog Preston email updates

Receive our digest of the biggest and best stories every Sunday to your email inbox

We respect your privacy and you can unsubscribe at any time from our emails