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Leicestershire trials home test kit roll out

Residents now have another way of accessing home test kits

Member of the public taking a coronavirus test in Wigston Fields test centre
A member of the public taking a coronavirus test at Wigston Fields test centre.

People in regular contact with a young person at school or college can now pick up coronavirus home test kits from a Leicestershire community testing centre.

The county council is one of only three local authorities in the East Midlands – and one of only a handful across the country – to pilot the Government scheme offering residents another way of accessing rapid lateral flow tests. 

An initial batch of around 2,500 boxes – totalling around 18,000 test kits – is available to parents, carers, grandparents or those who are regularly in contact with a child, and can be picked up at the community testing centre in Blaby. 

The kits are already available from coronavirus test centres and some employers and can be ordered online too from the Government website.

I’m pleased that the Government has chosen Leicestershire to pilot this new initiative. Our community testing centres are working well, and enabling our key workers to remain on the front line and curbing the spread of the virus. And in Blaby initially, we’re expanding them to give people another option to collect home test kits.

Local government has played a big role in managing the pandemic and I’m pleased we’re leading the way in another national roll out.

Council leader, Nick Rushton

People wanting to collect kits need to book a slot – this will include a run-through of how to use the tests.

Book a slot 

Find coronavirus test centres of order online from the Government 
  
The community testing centres is one of seven across the county and is for key workers, or anyone else who can’t work from home, who don’t have symptoms and aren’t already isolating.

Depending on the national pilot and delivery of kits, it may be rolled out to other community test centres.

Residents are reminded that if they have coronavirus symptoms they will need to isolate immediately and book an NHS test online or call119. 

Keep up to date by following the council’s Twitter and Facebook pages - both @LeicsCountyHall - or visiting the council’s website for the latest news.

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