Everyone over the age of 18 can now access twice-weekly rapid testing as part of the national efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
This testing is supplied by NHS Test and Trace and is strictly for people who have no symptoms of COVID-19.
With 1 in 3 people with coronavirus showing no symptoms and potentially spreading the virus without knowing, rapid testing helps to identify positive cases quickly, preventing the spread of infection.
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 can be completed in the following ways:
Home lateral flow testing kits can be collected from testing sites as well as a selection of pharmacies. Find your nearest collection site on the NHS website. Please use the filters when you access the link to find locations where you can collect tests to complete at home.
You can also collect home test kits here:
Tuesday 21 September - Friday 24 September
Saturday 25 September
For people who can't access tests through the other routes, you can order a box of tests online from the GOV.UK website or by calling 119, which will be delivered to your home.
Pop along to a lateral flow rapid testing site or mobile van pop up sites to take a test - you can also collect home testing kits from these. Normally, the testing process takes approximately 15 minutes, this will include the registration process and taking the swab test. Once you have completed the test, you can leave, as your results will be sent to you via text or email usually within the hour.
Rapid lateral flow test sites in Fenland:
(Please do not visit a Rapid Test site if you have coronavirus symptoms. Self-isolate immediately and book a PCR test at one of the permanent sites in Cambridgeshire - either online or by calling 119).
Monday 20 September
Tuesday 21 September
Wednesday 22 September
Thursday 23 September
Friday 24 September
Saturday 25 September
Please do not visit a Rapid Test site if you have coronavirus symptoms (a new, continuous cough, high temperature or change in your sense of smell/taste). Self-isolate immediately and book a PCR test at one of the permanent sites in Cambridgeshire - either online or by calling 119.
Lots of employers are offering testing in the workplace. This includes 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.
Find out more about how to take the test below:
If you're blind or partially sighted and need to get a rapid testing kit, the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) can help by providing you with the home test kit instructions in braille, audio (CD), or large print. Find out more information on the RNIB website.
The lateral flow tests are not completely accurate at detecting positive cases and sometimes 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-19 at all times.
Information on Lateral Flow Tests provided by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) can be found online.
If you test positive, you and your household must self-isolate immediately and you will need to book a confirmatory PCR test within two days. You can do this online at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119. 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.
You must still take extra care and follow the national guidance even if you test negative as the test might not have picked up the virus or you could be incubating it.
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.