Symptom free testing for workers
Coronavirus testing is now being offered in Wyre to those without symptoms who need to leave their home to work. A lateral flow testing centre has opened at Thornton Leisure Centre, where workers with no symptoms can drop in to get a rapid COVID-19 test result in under 30 minutes.
The centre is open from 9am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday.
Do not put others at risk. If you have symptoms, then you must not attend this centre, which is strictly for those that are symptom free. Do not attend if you have symptoms or have come into contact with anyone suspected of having coronavirus. If you have symptoms follow this guidance
Type of test
Rapid ‘lateral flow tests' are used which give results within 30 minutes, without needing to send them to a laboratory.
Who can get tested at this centre?
People without symptoms of coronavirus who have to leave their home to work. It is recommended that these people get regularly tested at least once a week and if possible every three to five days to stop the spread of coronavirus. The centre is open for anyone who is self-employed, or who works for a business not currently offering testing.
Do I need to book?
No, it is a walk in centre. Lateral flow testing devices are used with results given in around 30 minutes. The centre is open from 9am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday.
You just need a mobile number or email address to register when you arrive. You do not need to wait at the centre for your results, you will be text or emailed your results.
A swab (similar to a big cotton bud) is used to take a sample from inside the nose/throat. It does not hurt, and takes seconds. The sample is added to the lateral flow testing device to detect COVID-19.
Symptom-free testing is currently voluntary, but it will help people to make informed decisions to help keep themselves and their families safe, and help protect those most vulnerable to COVID-19.
It is estimated that around one in three people might not display symptoms but are still infectious. In order to bring the rates down, it is vital to break the chain of infection and repeated testing may help us do that.
Those who test positive must:
- Return home and self-isolate immediately. You will need to self-isolate for 10 days.
- Make sure you travel straight home if you receive a positive result and do not visit any shops, services or other houses, as you could put others at risk
- Inform everyone in your household or bubble that they must self-isolate
A negative test result from a rapid test does not prove you are free from COVID-19. Not all cases are picked up, as these tests are not as accurate as laboratory ones, especially when it is early in the infection.
Do not change your behaviour - stick to national guidelines: Wash hands regularly, use a face covering in public and keep 2 metres apart.
Living outside Wyre but working in Wyre
The test centre is for workers living or working in Wyre. We're advising all those who have to leave their homes to work to start getting tested at least once a week and if possible every three to five days.
Frequency of tests
If you have to leave home to work during the lockdown you should start getting regularly tested at least once a week and if possible every three to five days. to stop the spread of the virus.
If you are required to stay at home, you can find information from the NHS about self-isolation and on our website. You may also be entitled to financial support. If you have to self-isolate and do not have help from friends or family help is available through our Wyre Together Hub.
Businesses who want to set up mass testing in their workplace
You can register your commitment and sign up to the community mass testing in your workplace by completing the online form on Lancashire County Council’s website.
Rate this page
Give us your feedback on this page!