Residents in Cambridgeshire are being urged to get twice-weekly rapid Covid tests.

This follows the Prime Minister’s announcement that all people in England will be able to access twice-weekly rapid tests from tomorrow (Friday).

The Government said this move was an important step forward to allow everyone to move safely out of lockdown.

Twice-weekly rapid testing is a vital tool in identifying cases of Covid-19 that would otherwise be missed, since one in three people with coronavirus show no symptoms and spread it without knowing.

  • Community testing: You can take a supervised test at rapid testing sites. There are eight in Cambridgeshire set up to test asymptomatic adults, including in Cambourne, Ely, Huntingdon, Arbury and Wisbech. In Peterborough, there are three on Lincoln Road, in Woodston, and in Netherton. There is more information on the Cambridgeshire test sites and how to book here, and here for Peterborough.
  • Workplace testing: Many employers are offering testing in the workplace. This includes running their own testing sites, where you can take a supervised test, and workplace collect, where you can pick up a box of tests to use at home. If your employer offers workplace testing, this is still the best route for you to access rapid tests.
  • NHS Test & Trace sites: These are across the country and operate as symptomatic testing sites in the morning but are currently providing an afternoon collect option, where you can pick up a box of tests to use at home. In Cambridgeshire, these are in the Abbey Leisure Centre, near Madingley Road, and at Milton Park and Ride. In Peterborough, these are at the East of England Showground, Gladstone Park Community Centre, and Lions Rugby Club. To find your nearest site, click here.
  • Pharmacy collect: Pharmacies are currently signing up to offer pharmacy tests. Residents will be able to visit a participating pharmacy and pick up a free box of tests to use at home. NHS England’s site finder allows you to search pharmacies near you that offer pharmacy collect.
  • Education: Secondary and college students are already being given tests to use at home twice a week, throughout term time and the holidays.
  • LFD Direct: For people who can’t access tests through the other routes, you can order a box of tests online or by calling 119, which will be delivered to your home.

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Dr Liz Robin, director of public health for Cambridgeshire, said: “Getting into the habit of twice-weekly testing as part of our everyday lives will help us all to keep each other safe. Alongside the ongoing vaccine rollout, it will help us to move forward with the roadmap out of lockdown.

“What’s most important is that as many people as possible take up the offer of twice-weekly rapid testing, whichever option they use. This is especially important for anybody who is going back to work next week following the easing of lockdown restrictions and will be coming into contact with members of the public.”

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