Coronavirus Rapid Testing

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:

Collect tests to complete at home

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

  • Tesco Supermarket, Cromwell Road, Wisbech
  • Wisbech Market Place

Saturday 25 September

  • Wisbech Market Place

Order tests to complete at home

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.

Take a supervised on-site rapid lateral flow test

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

  • Wisbech Market Place - 9am to 4pm

Tuesday 21 September

  • GER Sports and Social Club, Robingoodfellows Lane, March, PE15 8HS - 9am to 5pm

Wednesday 22 September

  • Whittlesey Baptist Church, 32 Gracious Street, Whittlesey, PE7 1AR - 9am to 5pm

Thursday 23 September

  • GER Sports and Social Club, Robingoodfellows Lane, March, PE15 8HS - 9am to 5pm

Friday 24 September

  • Whittlesey Baptist Church, 32 Gracious Street, Whittlesey, PE7 1AR - 9am to 5pm

Saturday 25 September

  • Tesco Supermarket, Hostmoor Avenue, March - 9am to 4pm

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.

Workplace testing

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.

How to use a rapid flow test

Find out more about how to take the test below:

Self swab instructions (cambridgeshire.gov.uk)

Watch the step-by-step video guide to COVID-19 self-testing on YouTube.

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.

Further information about Lateral Flow Tests is available on the GOV.UK website.

If you test positive

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.

If you test negative

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.

Rapid community testing videos

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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