People in England can now access twice-weekly rapid tests for coronavirus.
Rapid tests are for people without the coronavirus symptoms, which are
- a new persistent cough;
- a high temperature
- a loss of sense of taste or smell.
They usually provide a result in around 30 minutes.
One in three people with coronavirus show no symptoms. This means they can accidentally spread it without knowing.
Taking a rapid testing twice a week will help find those invisible cases and prevent the spread of infection.
Rapid coronavirus testing involves taking a throat & nasal swab, dropping the sample into the container supplied and then checking the result after 20 to 30 minutes.
You can collect your rapid test kits from Bootle Town Hall or Splash World in Southport, from 8am to 8pm seven days a week. No appointments are needed.
Or you can choose to have assisted testing at one of our SMART test sites, which are also open 8am to 8pm seven days a week. They are at:
- Bootle Leisure Centre
- Aintree Racecourse – (please note this site is closed and re-opens on Monday 12th April)
- Splash World Southport
Anyone who gets a positive result from a rapid test must self-isolate for 10 days and immediately book a PCR test by calling 119 or visiting www.nhs.uk/coronavirus .
Eligible individuals who test positive are entitled to the £500 Test and Trace Support Payment in the same way as a regular swab test through NHS Test and Trace.