Local testing offer opens in Wakefield
A local testing offer for Covid-19 has opened in Wakefield, to work alongside and to enhance the national programme.
Residents in the district who suspect they have symptoms of the virus can now access tests via a home delivery service.
Wakefield Council which is home to the district's Public Health team, will be able to gather data from people asking for a test, which will make it easier to detect patterns of the virus and to take proactive steps to manage it within the area.
Cllr Faith Heptinstall, Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, said: "We're pleased that residents can now access the local test and trace programme, making it even easier and faster to get tested.
"By taking a test people can help keep themselves, and those close to them, safe. If you test positive it is vitally important that you self-isolate, following public health guidelines and crucially this will protect your local community"
Anna Hartley, Wakefield Council's Public Health Director, said: "The new service is available for residents in our district, as well as keyworkers. Anyone who has symptoms such as a new continuous cough, high temperature, loss of their normal sense of taste or smell, needs to make an appointment to be tested.
"The information they supply when booking a test will help us see if there are patterns to the virus and this information will help us to be proactive and to manage situations if they arise."
The local testing service is available from Monday to Friday and bookings for appointments can be made at www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 01924 224497. Or email the person's name and contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org so the booking team can get in touch.
If people cannot drive, or are too ill to travel, the team will arrange a testing visit to their home address.
If a parent is isolating because their child, aged between 5 – 12 years has symptoms, a test can be brought to the house for the parent to swab the child.
The new test and trace system also supports care homes, helping them with testing for residents and staff.