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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

Regular covid testing if you don't have symptoms

Around one in three people with coronavirus do not have symptoms. Lateral flow testing is a fast and simple way to test people who do not have symptoms but who may still be spreading the virus.

We’re offering quick and convenient ways for people in Leicestershire to access covid rapid lateral flow tests if they don’t have symptoms, with people encouraged to take regular tests (twice a week) to help prevent the spread of the virus and keep people healthy and doing the things they love.

You should continue to take lateral flow tests, even if you’ve had one or both doses of your Covid-19 vaccine. While the vaccine reduces your risk of developing infection, it does not eliminate it completely making regular testing important. 

Eligibility

You're eligible for rapid asymptomatic home test kits if you meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • You do NOT have symptoms of COVID-19, which can include:    

    • a high temperature
    • a new, continuous cough
    • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
  • You have NOT tested positive following a PCR test, within the last 90 days

  • You have NOT been in close contact with a positive case in the last 10 days

  • You are aged 11 or above, and are NOT part of an existing regular asymptomatic testing programme, e.g. through your workplace or school. Anyone aged between 11 and 17 attending for a test must be accompanied by an adult.

If you currently have symptoms, you must book a test through the NHS website (not a lateral flow test ) or by calling 119 and remain in isolation until you receive your test result.

How to get a lateral flow test

There are several ways to get a lateral flow test.

From libraries, leisure centres and other community venues

To find out where you can collect a home test kit, please visit the NHS Find a test centre map.

From participating pharmacies

Please visit the NHS test and trace map to find your nearest participating pharmacy from where you can collect a home test kit.

From community vans touring the county

Staff operating our mobile vans are on hand to help you, your friends and family stay healthy while we are all getting back to the things we have missed.

Come and say hello at one of our stops to get a rapid flow test done on-site with results in 30 minutes, or to collect home test kits or to ask any questions you might have about testing.

Tuesday 27 July 

  • Melton Mowbray flea and cattle market, 8am - 1pm
  • Sarah’s Wood carpark

Wednesday 28 July

  • Rutland Water, 9am - 5pm

Thursday 29 July

  • Blaby beer festival, Lutterworth Rd, Blaby, 7-9pm

Friday 30 July

  • Hinckley town centre market, 9.30am - 3pm
  • Blaby beer festival, Lutterworth Rd, 5pm - 8pm

Saturday 31 July

  • Hinckley town centre market, 9.30am - 3pm
  • Blaby beer festival, Lutterworth Rd, Blaby, 12noon - 7pm

More dates are being added frequently. Please continue to check this page and our social media channels for the latest updates. 

If you're a community group, business or are hosting an event and would like a community van to come along, email the team at LateralFlow@leics.gov.uk

Order online or by phone from home

You can use the government website to order rapid lateral flow home test kits to be sent to your home.

If you cannot order online, you can call 119.  Lines are open 7am to 11pm and calls to this number are free.

More information about rapid lateral flow testing

Understanding lateral flow testing for people without symptoms

How to do a covid-19 rapid lateral flow test at home

Test results

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