The government recently announced that from Friday 9 April, everyone in England, including those without symptoms, will be able to take a free, Covid-19 rapid testing twice a week.
For people feeling well (with no coronavirus symptoms) the twice weekly testing in Telford and Wrekin can be accessed as follows:
•By getting tested at a community-test site
You can have a rapid test at one of the three Council-run test sites (The Place- Oakengates, The Anstice - Madeley and Cosy Hall - Newport)) or participating pharmacies.
Testing at these sites is assisted, which means you will swab yourself under the supervision of a trained operator.
To book a rapid test appointment, go to rapidtest.telford.gov.uk
•By collecting home testing kits from a community-test site
You can collect home testing kits from one of the three Council-run test sites (The Place – Oakengates, The Anstice – Madeley and Cosy Hall – Newport).
These sites are open for collection:
oMonday – Friday, 9am – 2pm & 2.30pm-7pm
oSaturday – Sunday, 10am – 2.30pm
Please note that The Place, Oakengates is closed on Saturday.
•By collecting home testing kits from an NHS "Test & trace” site
In Telford and Wrekin, there are 5 NHS "Test & trace” sites – tests can be collected from these sites between 2.30pm and 8pm
1.Ironbridge Park and Ride, Off A4169, TF4 3QE
2.Legges Way Car Park - Legges Way, Madeley, TF7 5UD
3.The Place Car Park, The Place New Street, Oakengates, TF2 6ET
Please note: This is the Walk In Centre on the Car Park, not the rapid test centre at The Place.
4.Donnington Wood Bowling Club, School Road, Donnington (Telford)
5.Wrekin Road Car Park, Wellington, TF1 1YZ
Anyone aged 18 or over can collect testing kits - there is no need to book an appointment to pick-up your testing kit, you can just turn up during the above-mentioned opening times.
You can take home 2 packs of test kits, each kit contains 7 tests.
Tests can be collected from any of the test centres shown on the NHS map
•By collecting home testing kits from a local pharmacy
A new "pharmacy collect” service has been nationally launched to provide additional access to regular testing for anyone aged 18 or over.
To find a local pharmacy to collect home testing kits from, enter your postcode on the government website.
•By contacting your employer, if your employer provides testing
Some employers may be offering lateral flow testing, please check with your employer to see if this option is available to you
•By ordering a home test kit online
If you cannot get tested at your workplace, or are unable to go to a test site or collect test kits, you can order a home test kit online.
Please do not order online if you can get a test through other methods.
This frees up home delivery for those who need it most.
If testing at home, people will need to register their results online or by calling 119. They should self-isolate if positive and order a confirmatory PCR test.
Anyone with main or precautionary Covid-19 symptoms should book a free PCR test online or by calling 119.
Cllr Andy Buford, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care said: "Around 1 in 3 people with coronavirus do not have symptoms but can still pass it on to others. Regular testing is key to help stop the virus spreading.
"We urge everyone in the borough to please make use of the range of local centres available and get tested twice a week, if they are feeling well.
"It’s very quick to do a rapid test; you can test yourself now in the comfort of your own home, by using home test kits. It provides peace of mind to let you know your family is protected at all times.
"As many lockdown restrictions continue to be eased, we all need to play our part to help protect each other and keep the number of cases in our borough as low as possible, so as not to go back to tougher restrictions."