Coronavirus

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The symptom-free, lateral flow tests (LFT) are available at participating Dudley borough pharmacies and at Saltwells Education Centre.

Symptom-free, lateral flow tests are for key workers* with public facing jobs who live or work in Dudley borough and for people who have regular contact with vulnerable groups e.g. those who are clinically extremely vulnerable, over 70s, pregnant women etc. (and cannot access the tests through their employer). This also includes people who are in social care bubbles or are informal carers.

*Key workers – people who have public facing jobs and provide a service to people outside of their own household  are advised to get a test. This would include but not exclusive to: carers, shop workers, delivery drivers, taxi drivers, cleaners, utilities, tradespeople, those working in places of worship, voluntary, community settings etc.

Key workers are being encouraged to access the lateral flow testing offer twice a week wherever possible.

Tests can be booked online and people get the results in 20-30 minutes. People will still need to swab their nose and throat, but the results are much faster than the standard test which goes to a lab. 

Getting a symptom-free test will reduce the risk of transmission to your friends and family and help stop the spread of coronavirus.

The tests are available by appointment only and are for people who are completely symptom free. 

This service is available to adults meeting the above criteria and children over 11 years of age.

Have symptoms?

If you have any of the symptoms of coronavirus:

  • a new, continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell
  • or if you feel unwell for any other reason
  • you must book a standard COVID test at one of the borough’s testing sites.

You must only get a symptom-free test if you feel completely well and have no symptoms at all. If you feel unwell but are not displaying the usual symptoms of coronavirus, you must book a standard COVID test and not a symptom-free test. You can do this by selecting the below option on the standard COVID test booking form:

My local council or health protection team has asked me (or someone I live with) to get a test, even though I do not have symptoms.

Please note:

Lateral flow tests only measure if someone is infectious at that point in time. If anyone has negative test and goes on to develop any symptoms, they must self-isolate immediately and arrange a standard test at one of the borough’s four testing sites.

Anyone who has a positive test must self-isolate immediately and follow the advice given by the local contact tracing team or the national test and trace service. It is vital that people identify contacts to help stop the spread of the virus.

Anyone who has had a confirmed positive result for COVID must not book a symptom free test until after 90 days from the date of the positive result.