How to Access Rapid Testing
As society opens and the lockdown restrictions are eased it is really important that we all do our part to keep COVID infections low and keep our families and community safe. Therefore from Monday 12th April regular rapid coronavirus tests are being made available to everyone.
We know that about 1 in 3 people with coronavirus do not have symptoms but can still infect others.
So, getting tested regularly is the only way to know if you have the virus. And If people test positive and self-isolate, it helps stop the virus spreading.
Rapid tests are now available twice a week for anyone without symptoms of coronavirus. Testing is important even if you have had your coronavirus vaccination and the tests give you a result in approximately 30 - 40 minutes.
Getting our COVID vaccine, sticking to the Hands, Face and Space advice and now Regular Rapid Testing give us the best chance to beat COVID and get back to normal.
To get a rapid test to do at home
You can collect rapid test kits from a number of local sites in Sutton. You do not need to book an appointment but please check opening times before you go as some sites are only open in the afternoon
You can order a pack of 7 kits to be delivered to your home. Use the link here to order online or if you cannot order online, call 119 (lines are open 7am to 11pm and calls are free)
To get a rapid test at a testing site
You can book a test at a local community pharmacy, Hill House (Carshalton, SM4 6BL) or at the Civic Centre (SM1 1EA). Use this link here.
You may also be able to get rapid testing through your employer or school
All employers with 10 or more employees can provide rapid testing to their staff. Ask your employer about the arrangements they are putting in place. If you are an employer and you want to know more about employer testing, click here.
Care sector staff can find more information about testing on the Sutton Care Hub
Staff in educational settings and secondary school pupils will get test kits via their organisations. For further information by setting click here.
What is rapid testing?
What to do if get a positive rapid test
If you get a positive test result, you and your household should self-isolate and arrange a COVID-19 test via nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119 (This is a PCR test that will confirm whether or not you have the virus). If the result of your PCR test is negative, both you and your household can stop self-isolating.
Negative test results
A negative result means the test did not find signs of COVID-19. But this does not guarantee you do not have COVID-19, so you should keep following all coronavirus advice and current guidelines including: HANDS, FACE, SPACE and FRESH AIR