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Coronavirus Rapid Testing

NHS Test and Trace is offering rapid testing to people aged 18 and over who are key workers or having to leave home to go to work. The tests are strictly for people who have no symptoms of Covid-19

Rapid testing enables those who test positive, and their contacts, to self-isolate. This can help drive down the R rate locally and save lives.

As many as 1 in 3 people who have Coronavirus have no symptoms.

To make the testing as worthwhile as possible, we need people to take a test twice a week. A one-off test will offer little benefit as it can only provide information about likelihood of being infectious at that point in time.

Testing sites

Tests will be offered at the following locations:

Fenland

  • Queen Mary Centre, Queen's Road, Wisbech, Fenland, PE13 2PE - due to launch Thursday 4 February

Cambridgeshire

  • The Hub, High Street, Cambourne, South Cambridgeshire, CB23 6GW - due to launch Wednesday 3 February
  • Soham Rangers Football Club, Julius Martin Lane, Soham, Ely, East Cambridgeshire, CB7 5EQ - due to launch Friday 5 February
  • Huntingdon, The Coneygear Centre, Huntingdon, PE29 1PE - launches Thursday 11 February
  • Cambridge, The Meadows Community Centre, 1 St Catherine's Rd, Arbury, Cambridge, CB4 3XJ - launches Friday 12 February

Peterborough

  • St Mark's Church, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, PE1 2SN. Every day of the week from 9am to 2pm and 4pm to 7pm

Book a test

You can only get an asymptomatic test if you book an appointment in advance.

Each person can book more than one appointment at a time.

Please do not make an appointment for this test if you have any symptoms (a new, continuous cough, high temperature or change in your sense of smell/taste).

Results are often provided within an hour (but can take up to 24 hours). Please do not eat or drink for an hour before taking the test.

If you have Coronavirus symptoms please book a test immediately at one of the permanent sites in Cambridgeshire - either online or by calling 119.

About the testing

The sites have been carefully designed with clinical protocols in place and using purpose-built booths, so that social distancing and strict cleaning processes can be adhered to.

The test involves individuals self-swabbing, although assisted-swabbing is available upon request. Tests are recommended twice a week, with 3 or 4 days between tests. 

Normally, the testing process takes approximately 15 minutes. This will include the registration process and taking the swab test. As part of the swab process, you will be required to blow your nose - so bring some tissues with you if you have any.

During busy periods you may need to wait outside, so please wear a coat or something warm.

Once you have completed the test, you can leave. Your results will be sent to you via text or email.

The lateral flow tests are not completely accurate at detecting positive cases. Sometimes they will return a negative test when someone is in fact positive. That is why it is vital that people continue to follow the national guidance and act like they have Covid at all times. View more information about Lateral Flow Tests.

Arriving at the site

When you arrive, you will be met by a member of staff who will provide you with information on how to register your test on the NHS website. You will then be provided with a unique barcode to finalise this registration process.

Once registration is complete, you will be directed to a testing booth where you will be able to complete the swab. Testing assistants will be available to answer any questions you have and support you through the process.

If you test positive

If you test positive, you will need to isolate for 10 days along with other members of your household. NHS Test and Trace will support you to identify close contacts. We will get in touch to give you more information about practical and financial support available to help you isolate. There is lots of support for anyone who needs it in order to self-isolate.

If you test negative

You must still take extra care and follow national guidance. Don't invite anyone into your home who doesn't live with you, work from home if you can, wash your hands often and well, keep your distance from people you don't live with, wear a mask in shops or on public transport. You need to continue to take these measures even if you test negative as the test might not have picked up the virus or you could be incubating it.

Data Protection

You will need to register your details online and give consent for NHS Test and Trace to process your data and contact you with your results. Find out more about how NHS Test and Trace will use your data.

Your information regarding the test may be shared with Cambridgeshire County Council. Find out how the council will use your data.

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