Pharmacy Collect has now launched in Bracknell Forest allowing people to collect free asymptomatic home COVID-19 test kits from their local pharmacy.
One in three people with COVID-19 do not experience any symptoms and may be spreading the virus without realising. Rapid testing detects cases quickly, meaning positive cases can isolate immediately, breaking chains of transmission and saving lives.
Alongside the rollout of the vaccine, regular testing will be an essential part of the easing of restrictions, as it will help to quickly suppress the spread of variants. You must still get tested even if you have been vaccinated, as it is still possible to catch and pass the virus on after vaccination.
With Pharmacy Collect, people aged over 18 without symptoms will be able to visit a participating local pharmacy and collect a box of seven rapid tests. Adults should test twice a week – leaving a gap of three to four days between tests.
If testing at home, individuals must register their results online at GOV.UK or by calling 119. If the test result is positive, it is vital that they self-isolate and book a confirmatory PCR test within 48 hours. If the result is negative, this is only an indication that they are unlikely to have COVID-19, and is not 100% confirmation, self-isolation will cease, however they must continue to observe hands, face, space and continue to get regularly tested – even if they have been vaccinated.
Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 should book a test online at GOV.UK or by calling 119.
Charlotte Pavitt, public health consultant at Bracknell Forest Council, said:
“Pharmacy Collect is an additional way of ensuring people have easy access to home test kits. We encourage everyone to take up the offer of these free rapid tests – they are quick and easy to carry out in your own home. By making testing as accessible as possible for everyone through programmes such as Pharmacy Collect will help us to make testing part of the new normal in our continued effort to drive down transmission and manage the virus.
“It is very important that anyone who has the virus, or might have been exposed to it, avoids all social interaction for 10 days, as this will help stop the spread of coronavirus. By self-isolating when required, you are helping to protect others around you, reducing transmission and saving lives.”
Find out more about Pharmacy Collect in Bracknell Forest.
Other ways for people without symptoms to access regular testing includes:
- workplace testing programmes, on-site or at home
- rapid test sites
- collection at a rapid test site or local PCR test site at Bracknell Leisure Centre (between 1.30pm and 8pm)
- if you cannot get to a testing site you can order home kits at GOV.UK
- home testing kits for secondary school and college pupils and staff via schools and colleges
Rapid testing and Community Collect sites in Bracknell Forest can be found at:
- One Lexicon, Bracknell
- Great Hollands Pavilion, Bracknell
- The Morgan Centre, Crowthorne
- Sandhurst Memorial Hall, Sandhurst
- New Priestwood Community Centre, Bracknell
- Brownlow Hall, Warfield
Disposing of the home test kits, once the results have been registered is simple. The plastic items in the LFT need to go in the green general waste bin and the cardboard box and paper leaflets can be recycled in the blue bin.