Following the government’s announcement that free rapid tests will be offered to everyone in England from 9 April, local residents are being urged to start collecting their test kits from tomorrow (Friday) and get into the habit of regular testing and recording their result.
Where to get a lateral flow device (LFD) test kit
From 9 April, anyone can access free, rapid lateral flow tests for themselves and their families to use twice a week. Kits can be collected from testing sites across the county:
- Collection from community testing sites (enter your postcode in the NHS site map to find your nearest site and opening times). To take a supervised LFD test at a community testing site, drop in on the day or book an appointment online. You must not go to these sites if you have any symptoms.
- Collection from the walk-through local testing site (afternoons only) – opening times are available on the County Council’s website. These sites offer symptomatic testing during the morning and, following a deep clean, are open again in the afternoon for collection of test kits for people without symptoms. It is important not to attend these sites outside collection times. In Basingstoke this is in Churchill Way long stay car park – due to open from 11 April
For those who cannot access these options a new online ordering service has a supply of test kits for home delivery. Visit www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests or call 119.
Residents may also be eligible for regular asymptomatic testing through their workplace.
Hampshire County Council is continuing to work with the Department of Health and Social Care to roll-out pharmacy collection in Hampshire over the coming weeks.
There is more information about test results and what to do on the NHS website.
Children of primary school age or younger are not being asked to test regularly.