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Lateral flow tests

Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for key workers who have to go out to work in the current lockdown who are symptom-free is now available in North East Lincolnshire.

About 1 in 3 people with coronavirus have no symptoms, and will be spreading the virus without realising.

Rapid-turnaround tests – also known as ‘Lateral Flow Antigen’ tests or LFTs – are being used to proactively test asymptomatic people and identify COVID cases.

Tests are safe, and provide results within a few hours.

Eligibility for symptom-free coronavirus testing

You can book a rapid test if you are:

  • a key worker in North East Lincolnshire who is unable to work from home during the lockdown (for example those working in critical national infrastructure, construction or manufacturing that require in-person attendance)
  • in a school pupil and staff bubble

Government guidance on some of the sectors continuing to go to work during the national lockdown can be found at GOV.UK going to work . Note that this list is not exhaustive.

Testing is voluntary, it will help you make informed decisions to help keep you, your family and friends as safe as possible, and help protect those most vulnerable to COVID-19.

Businesses can register for lateral flow tests for your employees

Businesses can sign up to build their internal capacity for embedding testing for key workers within their organisation.

For those with 50+ employees, the Government has also announced a centrally driven rapid testing offer with testing frequency is every 3-4 days.

As the economy opens up further in line with national roadmap, testing eligibility and capacity will be expanded.

Rapid testing for school staff and pupils

Households with primary school, secondary school and college age children, including childcare and support bubbles, can test themselves twice every week at home.

Please see guidance on Rapid lateral flow testing for households and bubbles of school pupils and staff

To order a Lateral Flow Home testing kit go to Order coronavirus rapid lateral flow tests .

Alternatively you can collect a home testing kit from a local test centre – Find COVID-19 rapid test sites .

Book a test

Book a lateral flow test

If you want to enquire about lateral flow testing please email lateralflow.testing@nelincs.gov.uk.

You will need to include as much information as possible about the organisation you work for, the role you carry out.

Coronavirus tests for your employees

If you are an organisation with more than 50 staff you need to register to order coronavirus tests for your employees on GOV.UK – Get workplace coronavirus tests .

Getting tested

You must arrive at the time of your appointment (not before). Do not attend if you have any COVID-19 symptoms. Instead, immediately self-isolate and arrange to take a regular COVID test by visiting NHS.UK or calling 119.

Do not come to the testing site without first booking an appointment.

Your appointment will last approximately 30 minutes.

You must bring:

  • confirmation of your booking, either on a mobile device or a printed copy
  • a mobile device to scan a QR code on the test kit (devices will be available if you do not have your own)
  • a face covering (unless you are exempt)

You will be directed to an individual test area to complete a self-administered swab test. Guidance will be provided and trained staff will be available to explain the process and answer any questions.

You will deposit your swab test at the processing station.

Your results from rapid testing

You will receive your result within a few hours of taking the test. These will be sent to you either by text or by email. The results will come from the NHS.

Negative test results

If you receive a negative test result you don’t have to do anything else.

Remember:

A negative test result provides information about the level of the virus at one point in time there’s the potential for the test result to be ‘false negative’ if you’re infected with COVID-19 but don’t yet have a high enough level of the virus in your system to register on the Lateral Flow Device (LFD).

None of the tests currently available for detecting COVID-19 are 100% reliable. There is a risk of receiving a false negative, false positive, or inconclusive/invalid result.

It’s also possible to become infected in the hours or days after taking a rapid test so you must continue to follow Government guidance. Wash your hands regularly, maintain 2m social distancing when around other people outside of your household or support bubble, and wear a mask when in enclosed public spaces.

Positive test results

If you receive a positive test result you must self-isolate immediately for 10 days.

NHS Test and Trace will be in touch with you to identify your close contacts.  

Whilst self-isolating, you should not leave your household or mix with others. Try to arrange for food and supplies to be delivered to your home address and dropped off at your door. If possible, contact family members or friends for help with things that cannot be delivered or ordered online.

If you need any support whilst you are self-isolating, you can contact the Council’s Track and Trace team on 01472 313131 (option 0). You will need to give them your case ID number – you will be told your ID number when NHS Test and Trace contact you.

If you get a positive result on your first test you should not go for a second LFT – cancel your second test appointment by following the cancellation link in your booking confirmation email.

Invalid test results

If you receive an invalid test result, it means your test sample could not be read; arrange to take another test as soon as possible.

Symptom-free testing in North East Lincolnshire

Get help with symptom-free coronavirus testing in North East Lincolnshire. Telephone support is available from Monday to Friday, between 9am and 5pm. Call 01472 326903.