Community Testing Coming soon to Stapleford.
The community testing initiative, in partnership with the Department of Health and Social Care, is launching in Stapleford, Broxtowe, to help drive down transmission rates.
Around one in three people who are infected with Covid-19 have no symptoms so could be spreading the disease without knowing it. Broadening testing to identify those showing no symptoms will mean finding positive cases more quickly, and break chains of transmission. With its targeted approach, community testing aims to reduce the prevalence of the virus in the highest risk areas.
Stapleford will receive a batch of lateral flow tests, provided by NHS Test and Trace, as part of a new pilot to enable local public health leaders to start testing working age adults in the community. Rapid-turnaround lateral flow tests are a new type of technology, which provide results within an hour, and will be used to proactively test asymptomatic individuals. Lateral flow devices do not require a laboratory to process the test.
Testing will be available for asymptomatic adults between the age of 18 – 65, who show no symptoms of COVID-19, from Stapleford.
Where are the sites and when can you get a test?
Broxtowe has one community testing site at Stapleford Library. The testing centre will be open from 1pm on Thursday 25th February.
Opening times will then be:
- Sundays and Mondays – closed
- Tuesdays – 8am – 6pm
- Wednesday – 7am – 5pm
- Thursdays – 8am – 6pm
- Fridays 8am – 6pm
- Saturdays 8.30am – 1pm
Remember you don’t need to book – just turn up.
All efforts to find people without symptoms work hand in hand with the existing free testing service for those with symptoms. Anyone with one or more of these symptoms – a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to sense of smell or taste – should book a test at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.
Councillor Milan Radulovic MBE, leader of Broxtowe Borough Council said: “It is imperative that we all do our bit to help stop the spread of this virus and this community testing programme is one key way we are doing this. I would urge residents in Broxtowe to get a test now. By finding asymptomatic cases of this virus and stopping the chain of transmission, we can save lives in our community.”
Health Minister Lord Bethell said: “We’ve already come so far since first setting up a national testing programme at an unprecedented pace to help counter COVID-19, but we continue to strive to go further, faster. Around one in three people have the virus without symptoms so could be spreading the disease without knowing it. Broadening testing to identify those showing no symptoms will mean finding positive cases more quickly, and break chains of transmission.”
Baroness Dido Harding, Interim Executive Chair of the National Institute for Health Protection, said: “NHS Test and Trace continues to play a leading role in the fight against COVID-19. Increased community testing is a vital additional tool at our disposal to help identify those who are infected and infectious, but unaware that they might be spreading the disease. The work of the NHS and Broxtowe Borough Council will be essential in driving down transmission rates. I urge all those living in areas where community testing is offered to come forward and get tested.”
For more information visit www.broxtowe.gov.uk/communitytesting