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Lateral Flow Self-test Kits

People who cannot work from home encouraged to use lateral flow self-tests

All those who cannot work from home are being encouraged to access lateral flow self-test kits.

The rapid coronavirus testing kits for people who are not displaying symptoms of the virus are available to collect from local test sites across North Wales. 

From Monday 26 April, tests can be delivered to peoples homes by ordering from the Welsh Government. 

The tests are easy to use and can give results in 30 minutes. It is hoped that improving their availability will make regular asymptomatic testing for coronavirus more convenient and accessible for people not covered under existing schemes at workplaces, childcare settings, schools, colleges and universities. 

As many as 1 in 3 people may have COVID-19 without displaying symptoms which means asymptomatic testing is an important means to keep people safe as restrictions are gradually eased. 

It’s important that even those who’ve had the vaccine take use the tests twice a week as they could still carry the virus and pass it on to others.

The twice-weekly rapid testing offer

Regular asymptomatic testing is currently offered to the following groups and they should continue to access their tests as they do now:

  • NHS and social care workers
  • Teachers and childcare providers
  • Learners from years 7 and above including university students
  • Workplaces with 10 or more employees registered under the workplace testing programme

How to access twice-weekly testing in North Wales

From Monday 26 April, tests can be delivered to people's homes by ordering from the Welsh Government. 

From collection sites, each person will routinely be able to collect two packs of seven LFD self-test kits. It is recommended that tests are undertaken twice a week with the results recorded on the UK Government portal. 

For details of the local testing sites, please select your nearest centre from the list below. 

 

About the rapid tests

  • The tests are easy to use and can give results in 30 minutes. It’s recommended the tests are done in the morning and 3-4 days apart. Read the step-by-step guide for COVID-19 self-testing before you start the test
  • If there is a positive lateral flow test result the person should self-isolate immediately and book a COVID test (PCR test) within 24 hours by calling 119, online or via the NHS COVID-19 app.
  • If negative then another test should be taken 3-4 days later. However if coronavirus symptoms develop in that time a COVID test should be booked.
  • All tests results – negative and positive – need to be recorded online here: https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result
  • More information about lateral flow tests can be found on the Welsh Government website.