Rapid testing available and free test kits available for all in Fenland
Residents in Cambridgeshire are being urged to get twice-weekly rapid Covid tests.
This follows the Prime Minister’s announcement that all people in England will be able to access twice-weekly rapid tests from tomorrow (Friday). The move is an important step forward to meet the aims of the national roadmap, allowing everyone to move safely out of lockdown.
Twice-weekly rapid testing is a vital tool in identifying cases of Covid-19 that would otherwise be missed. With one in three people with coronavirus showing no symptoms and potentially spreading it without knowing, rapid testing helps to identify positive cases quickly, preventing the spread of infection.
There are several ways for people to access rapid testing, with the following options available:
Community testing: You can take a supervised test at rapid testing sites locally – there are eight in Cambridgeshire and two in Peterborough, set up to test asymptomatic adults.
The Queen Mary's Centre in Wisbech offers these tests 8am to 7pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 5pm on Saturdays and the GER Sports Club in Robingoodfellows Lane, March, 9am to 5pm.
Workplace testing: Many local employers are offering testing in the workplace. This includes running their own testing sites, where you can take a supervised test, and workplace collect, where you can pick up a box of tests to use at home. If your employer offers workplace testing, this is still the best route for you to access rapid tests.
NHS Test & Trace sites: These are across the country and operate as symptomatic testing sites in the morning but are currently providing an afternoon collect option, where you can pick up a box of tests to use at home.
Pharmacy collect: Pharmacies are currently signing up to offer pharmacy collect from the beginning of April. Residents will be able to visit a participating pharmacy and pick up a free box of tests to use at home. NHS England’s site finder allows you to search pharmacies near you that offer pharmacy collect. Boots in March is offering the service . In Wisbech tests can be collected from the Queen Mary Centre, Asda, Tesco, North Brink Medicines and Bestway Chemists in St Augustines Road.
Education: Secondary and college students are already being given tests to use at home twice a week, throughout term time and the holidays.
LFD Direct: For people who can’t access tests through the other routes, you can order a box of tests online or by calling 119, which will be delivered to your home.
Dr Liz Robin, director of public health for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, said: “Getting into the habit of twice-weekly testing as part of our everyday lives will help us all to keep each other safe. Alongside the ongoing vaccine rollout, it will help us to move forward with the roadmap out of lockdown.
“What’s most important is that as many people as possible take up the offer of twice-weekly rapid testing, whichever option they use. This is especially important for anybody who is going back to work next week following the easing of lockdown restrictions and will be coming into contact with members of the public.”