Around one in three people who become infected with COVID-19 may not feel unwell, but can still spread the virus without knowing it. If people test positive and self isolate, it helps stop the virus spreading.
People working in health and social care, teachers, students in secondary and further education, and those in certain workplaces have already been taking part in regular home testing for many months. Now anyone can take part in routine testing by picking up home testing kits at collected free of charge from more than 60 collection sites across Fife – including testing sites and many high street pharmacies. To find your nearest collection site, visit: https://maps.test-and-trace.nhs.uk/.
Alternatively, home testing kits can be ordered and delivered directly to your home by visiting: www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests;
All adults without symptoms can collect one box of lateral flow tests for each member of their household. Each box contains seven tests, allowing someone to test themselves twice weekly over three weeks. The tests are quick and simple to use, giving results in 30 minutes. Instructions on how to use the test and report the results are inside the box.
If you receive a positive result, you will be required to self-isolate and arrange a further PCR test at a testing site to confirm. A range of welfare support is available including financial support, food and medication delivery, and help with some caring responsibilities. For more information on the support available, visit: www.fife.gov.uk/covidassistance.
Full details of current community testing sites and their opening times are available at www.nhsfife.org/communitytesting.