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COVID-19 Testing programmes

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    Latest Lateral Flow Test (LFT) guidance

    On 21 February 2022, the guidance for staff and students in most education and childcare settings to undertake twice weekly asymptomatic testing was lifted.

    From 1 April 2022, the Government will no longer provide free universal symptomatic and asymptomatic COVID-19 testing for the general public in England.

    If you get a positive LFT result

    If you get a positive lateral flow test result, you do not usually need to get a follow-up polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test now. You should only get a follow-up PCR if:

    • you’re eligible for new COVID-19 treatments

    • you’re asked to do so as part of research.

    If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, even if mild, you should still get a PCR test as soon as possible:

    • a high temperature

    • a new, continuous cough

    • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.

    Book a free PCR test on GOV.UK.

    How to get Rapid Lateral Flow Test (LFTs) kits

    Order tests online

    Ahead of the end of free universal testing in England, it will be necessary for the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) to cap the number of tests distributed each day to manage demand. Given that advice to test has and continues to reduce, the Government urges people only to order what they need.

    Until 31 March April 2022, public health advice continues to recommend ordering Lateral Flow Test (LFT) kits through the national system for your household on a regular basis to use. In most cases this service offers next day delivery.

    Order Lateral Flow Tests on the GOV.UK website.

    Pharmacy collection

    Free LFT kits at pharmacies will continue to be available until 31 March 2022.

    In order to collect LFT kits from a pharmacy, you need a 'collect code':

    Get your collection code from the GOV.UK website

    You can also get a collect code by calling 119.

    If collecting for a household other than your own you will need a code for each household.

    Please note: the code does not guarantee that a pack, or reserved pack will be available for you. Pharmacies receive small daily deliveries, so we advise households to try earlier in the day or to call before visiting.

    Community collection

    Ahead of the national change to the testing guidance from 1 April 2022, local public health provision for asymptomatic Lateral Flow Test (LFT) home kit collection from council venues such as libraries, customer service centres and leisure centres will gradually begin to reduce, as supply from outstanding national orders and existing stock is distributed to residents.

    Until 31 March 2022, you should still be able to collect free test kits from our collection hubs at:

    Please note:  All council sites are currently advised to provide two boxes per household. Just ask at the main reception.

    The ongoing community distribution project by the council’s COVID-19 response team will also make sure that its remaining LFT kits are shared out in towns and villages across the East Riding by mid-March, through pop-up stalls, residential door-drops and community centre distribution.

    For the most up-to-date collection points and pops-ups in your area, please check your local online community boards and the council’s social media channels:

    How to test from 1 April 2022

    From 1 April 2022, there will be some limited ongoing free symptomatic testing provided by the Government for a small number of at-risk groups and for social care staff. This will be clarified when announced by the Government.

    Testing at home or at a test site

    Find out how to do rapid lateral flow tests (tests that give a quick result using a device similar to a pregnancy test) and PCR tests (tests that are sent to a lab).

    Find out more about doing tests at home or at a test site on the NHS website.

    Lateral Flow Assisted Testing

    The council’s LFT assisted testing hubs will continue to run until Friday, 25 March 2022. If you are aged 16 or over, you can still access free, supervised LFT testing at the following council venues:

    Please note: booking isn't required - you can just drop in during the times above.

    Register a test kit

    Find out how to register a COVID-19 test kit you used at home or at a test site, so you can get your test result.

    Find out how to register a test kit on the NHS website.

    Register your test result

    Find out how you get your COVID-19 test result, what you need to do, and how to report your result.

    Find out more about reporting your test result on the NHS website.

    Antibody testing to check if you've had COVID-19

    Find out what a COVID-19 antibody test can tell you and who can get a test.

    Find out more about antibody testing on the NHS website.

    People with COVID-19 and their contacts

    Since 24 February 2022 in England, there is no longer a legal requirement for people with coronavirus (COVID-19) infection to self-isolate or for close contacts to undertake daily testing, however if you have any of the main symptoms of COVID-19 or a positive test result, the public health advice is to stay at home and avoid contact with other people.

    Find out what to do if you have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 on the GOV.UK website.