Twice-weekly rapid testing to be available to everyone in Wakefield
On 5 April, the Prime Minister announced that all people in England will now be able to access twice-weekly rapid tests for coronavirus from 9 April. This is an important step forward to meet the ambitions in the Prime Minister's roadmap, and allow us all to move forward and safely ease out of lockdown.
Twice-weekly rapid testing is a vital tool in helping to identify cases of coronavirus we would otherwise not find. With 1 in 3 people with coronavirus showing no symptoms and potentially spreading it without knowing, twice-weekly rapid testing enables us to find these cases and prevent the spread of infection.
Anna Hartley, Wakefield's Director of Public Health said: "While the vaccine offers us a way out in the future, getting into the habit of twice-weekly rapid testing offers us an additional way to keep each other safe and reduce the spread of the virus.
"We need the support of as many organisations as possible, both to deliver testing and, crucially, to help spread the message that twice-weekly rapid testing is a core part of returning to a life as normal as possible, as quickly as possible.
"What's most important is that as many people as possible take up the offer of twice-weekly rapid testing, whichever route they use."
How to access twice-weekly rapid testing
We want to make it as easy as possible for everyone in Wakefield to access testing, and take up the offer of twice-weekly rapid testing. The following routes are available, depending on individual situations:
•Workplace testing: Thousands 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.
We currently have community test sites at:
- Wakefield Market Hall (open 8.40am to 7pm, 7 days a week)
- Holywell Lane Day Centre, Castleford (open 8.40am – 7pm, 7 days a week)
- Kinsley and Fitzwilliam Community Centre (open Tues, Thurs and Sat mornings and Weds and Friday afternoon and evening)
For the most up-to-date information on site locations and opening hours please visit our local map: Find a test centre (test-and-trace.nhs.uk) or click here to view and book available appointments.
•NHS Test & Trace sites: These are across the country and operate as symptomatic testing sites in the morning but are currently providing an afternoon collect option, where you can pick up a box of tests to use at home.
•Pharmacy collect: Thousands of pharmacies across England have signed up to offer pharmacy collect. When launched, you will be able to go to a participating pharmacy and pick up a free box of tests to use at home. NHS England's site finder allows you to search pharmacies near you that offer pharmacy collect. Over the coming weeks more and more pharmacies will be signing up.
•Education: Secondary and college students are already being given tests to use at home twice a week, throughout term time and the holidays.
•LFD Direct: For people who can't access tests through the other routes, you can order a box of tests online or through 119, which will be delivered to your home.
To find out more about the universal lateral flow testing offer, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/twice-weekly-rapid-testing-to-be-available-to-everyone-in-england