Everybody in England is able to access free, regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing. Rapid lateral flow testing aims to identify people who don't have COVID-19 symptoms (this is called being asymptomatic), but who are infectious and could spread the infection to others unknowingly. The main aim is to help prevent and reduce transmission in the community.
Who is eligible for this testing?
Tests are available to everyone over the age of 18 in England who do not have COVID-19 symptoms.
The tests are free.
Benefits of getting a rapid lateral flow test?
Taking a test helps reduce the spread of the virus in your community, however it is not mandatory to have a test.
If you test positive, you help to break the chain of transmission of COVID-19 in your household, support bubble and community.
The test identifies and supports infectious people to isolate before they develop symptoms.
Testing helps with the management and containment of COVID-19 outbreaks.
Testing protects those most vulnerable to the impacts and consequences of COVID-19.
How to get a rapid lateral flow test
There are different ways to get a twice-weekly test.
Get a test through your employer
Your workplace may offer rapid lateral flow testing to you. Contact your employer to find out more.
Collection sites - test and collect
You must not attend one of these sites if you have any coronavirus symptoms. Instead go to Test and Trace: Getting a test if you have symptoms
The advise for everyone to take a supervised rapid lateral flow test when collecting home tests for the first time at one of the sites. Testing at these sites is assisted, which means you will swab yourself under the supervision of a trained operator. This helps us make sure people know how to accurately take the tests at home.
You do not need to book.
You can collect 2 packs of home test kits at a local collection point. Each pack contains 7 tests.
Anyone 18 or over can collect the tests.
Rapid lateral flow test sites and collection sites You must not attend a test site if you have any coronavirus symptoms. Instead go to Test and Trace: Getting a test if you have symptoms The mass community testing centres are open for everyone who lives or works in Kirklees to use. Test sites are open between 8am and 8pm every day.
Last test or collection is at 7:30pm.
Full details are on the Kirklees.gov.uk site.
It includes details of where the testing centres are in Kirklees, how busy they are at present and lists which pharmacies are also in the scheme.