Residents in St Helens Borough are being encouraged to keep doing twice-weekly rapid coronavirus tests for people with no symptoms
This symptom-free testing – known as lateral flow testing – is an important tool for easing restrictions and stopping outbreaks of Covid-19.
About one in three people who have coronavirus don’t get symptoms and may unintentionally spread the virus to others.
If you do not have symptoms, you can access symptom-free tests by:
- Collecting at-home test kits from your local collection testing site or pharmacy collection site
- Ordering lateral flow tests online, if you cannot order online call 119
- Attending a symptom-free testing site for a supervised test.
As the focus shifts to easily accessible at-home and mobile testing, some supervised symptom-free testing sites in the area will close in the coming weeks.
Perth Community Centre in Thatto Heath closed this week; Grange Valley Youth Centre in Haydock will close on Tuesday 4 May and Torus Housing Office site in Parr will close on Saturday 8 May.
If you would like to have a supervised symptom-free test you can still go to St Mary’s Indoor Market in St Helens or Chester Lane Community Centre in Sutton Manor.
You can now collect at-home testing kits locally from:
- Fairclough Street Car Park, Earlestown (Monday to Friday, 2.30pm–8pm)
- Haydock Park Racecourse, Newton-le-Willows (Monday to Friday, 2.30pm–8pm)
- St Mary’s Indoor Market, St Helens (Monday to Friday, 8.30am–6pm and Saturday and Sunday, 10am–3pm)
- Chester Lane Community Centre, Sutton Manor (Monday to Friday, 8.30am–6pm and Saturday and Sunday, 10am–3pm)
Ruth du Plessis, Director of Public Health at St Helens Borough Council, said:
“Lateral flow tests involve a swab of your nose and/or throat, these tests are quick, easy and provide rapid results.
“A negative test can give you peace of mind that you’re not unknowingly spreading the virus to your friends and family.
“A really important part of testing is registering the result so make sure that you report your results online or on the phone by calling 119. If you have received your testing kit through a school or college, please let them know the result of your test even if it is negative.”
If you have any coronavirus symptoms – such as a cough, temperature, or a loss or change to your taste or smell – the whole household should self-isolate and you should book a test online.
For more information about how to access symptom-free testing in your area visit: www.sthelens.gov.uk/letsgettested