Rapid (Lateral Flow) Testing on Re-opening. Help Stop the Spread!

9 Apr 2021

Around a third of people who have coronavirus (COVID-19) do not have symptoms. Rapid COVID 19 testing helps to identify positive cases, reducing the risk of workers who cannot work from home unknowingly passing on the virus. It is recommended that employers offer their workforce access to two rapid lateral flow tests every week. 

If you have 10 or more employees, you can order tests for your employees to collect from their workplace and use at home twice a week at:

https://www.gov.uk/get-workplace-coronavirus-tests

You must register by 11:59pm on 12 April 2021. If your business is closed or you cannot provide tests now, you should still register so you can order tests in the future.

If your business has less than 10 staff, employees can collect tests via our local Community Collect sites or local pharmacies. Find out where you can pick up your free rapid test kits here; https://maps.test-and-trace.nhs.uk/#

Collecting test kits is simple. There is no need to book an appointment for Community Collect. Employees will be given two packs of 7 tests each to take away.

We encourage people to take their first test at a rapid test site if they have not done one before, where help and advice in on hand if needed. This takes around 10 minutes and results are normally available within an hour. People can book this via  https://beta.bathnes.gov.uk/rapid-test

For further information about Community Collect in B&NES, email Rapid_Test@bathnes.gov.uk

If employees live outside of the B&NES area, they can access similar schemes in their own local authority area. Further information is available at:

https://www.gov.uk/find-covid-19-lateral-flow-test-site

Do not use a rapid lateral flow test or go to a lateral flow test site if you have coronavirus symptoms. Get a PCR test and self-isolate.