'Make rapid Covid testing a habit' to help us move forward with the roadmap

Fenland residents are being encouraged to take twice-weekly rapid Covid tests to help support the roadmap out of lockdown.

Coronavirus

As restrictions ease further and we resume parts of life we have all missed, regular rapid lateral flow testing of people without symptoms is fundamental to helping us quickly spot positive coronavirus cases and stop any outbreaks.

Alongside the roll-out of the vaccine, the testing supplied by NHS Test and Trace is at the heart of the government's plans to reopen society and the economy.

Everyone in England can now access the free, rapid tests to check for coronavirus, twice a week. In Fenland you can get tested in several convenient ways:

Community testing

Lateral flow tests can be taken at sites across Fenland. The tests are taken under supervision of a member of staff who will then process your result for you on site within 30 minutes. No appointment is necessary, just turn up. The tests can be taken in the following locations:

  • Queen Mary Centre, Queen's Road, Wisbech
    Open 8am to 7pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 5pm on Saturdays
  • King Edward Community Centre, 3 King Edwards Road, Chatteris
    Open Monday and Saturday, 9am to 5pm
  • GER Sports and Social Club, Robingoodfellows Lane, March
    Open Tuesday and Thursday, 9am to 5pm
  • Whittlesey Baptist Church, 32 Gracious Street, Whittlesey
    Open Wednesday and Friday, 9am to 5pm

Workplace testing

Many local employers are offering supervised testing in the workplace or home testing kits to staff. If your employer offers workplace testing, this is the best route for you to access rapid tests.

Collect home testing kits

You can collect tests to complete at home from the PCR testing sites, the rapid testing site at the Queen Mary Centre, Wisbech, and pharmacies that have signed up to offer Pharmacy Collect. Find your nearest collection site. Use the filters when you access the link to find locations where you can collect tests to complete at home.

Education

Secondary and college students are already being given tests to use at home twice a week, throughout term time and the holidays.

Order online through LFD Direct

For people who can't access tests through the other routes, you can order home testing kits online or by calling 119, which will be delivered to your home.

What should someone do if they get a positive LFD result?

If you receive a positive LFD test result, you and your household must self-isolate immediately and you will need to book a follow-up PCR test within two days. You can do this online or by calling 119.

The LFD tests are strictly for people without coronavirus symptoms (a new, continuous cough, high temperature or change in your sense of smell/taste). If you have symptoms, self-isolate immediately and book a PCR test.

Dr Liz Robin, director of public health for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, said: "Twice-weekly rapid testing is actively helping to identify cases of Covid-19 that would otherwise be missed. With 1 in 3 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.

"We need everybody to get into the habit of twice-weekly testing as part of our everyday lives. A one-off test will offer little benefit as it can only provide information about likelihood of being infectious at that point in time. Twice-weekly testing will help to keep each other safe and alongside the ongoing vaccine rollout, it will help us to move forward with the roadmap out of lockdown."

Support to self-isolate

There's lots of support available so you don't need to leave home while self-isolating. This includes:

  • If you test positive for Covid-19 or are told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, or you are the are the parent or guardian of a child who has been told to self-isolate, you may be entitled to a one-off payment of £500 from the NHS Test and Trace Support Payment scheme or the Local Discretionary Fund. Find out more on our website.
  • Need food, medicine, or other essential supplies? Call Fenland District Council's Covid-19 Community Hub on 01354 654321 or email: covid19@fenland.gov.uk
  • If you're struggling financially, the Council's Covid-19 Community Hub can also put you in touch with a Citizen's Advice advisor who can provide free, impartial, and independent advice to help with concerns such as debts, benefits, Universal Credit claims, access to funding, pensions, employment and much more. Call 01354 654321 or email: covid19@fenland.gov.uk

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