Published Friday, 09 April 2021
Everyone who lives, works and studies in Coventry can now collect COVID home testing kits and make sure they are doing all they can to keep themselves and others safe.
The Community Collect Service is expanding after first being targeted at the wider school community. It means everyone can now go along to one of the city’s seven Community Testing Centres and pick up their own box of Lateral Flow Tests to enable them to test at home. Each household can collect two boxes (14 tests) at any one time.
Lateral flow tests across Coventry have so far resulted in 1,090 positive cases – people who would otherwise never have known they had the virus and were at risk of passing it on to loved ones, colleagues and other members of the public.
Liz Gaulton, Director of Public Health, said: “Testing is vital in helping to prevent the spread of coronavirus and whether you’re providing an essential service, or just want peace of mind, I would urge anyone to make sure they pick up some testing kits and test themselves regularly. You should still test regularly even if you have been vaccinated.
“Nationally, one in three people with coronavirus show no symptoms and getting into the habit of twice-weekly testing as part of our everyday lives will help us all to play our part and do what we can to keep each other safe.
“Everyone in the city has worked very hard to bring our rate of infection down, and with the vaccination programme, we are beginning to see a ray of hope of a return to a more normal way of life.
“Home testing is another major step forward – but please remember that even after a negative test you must still keep to guidelines, including social distancing and wearing face coverings.”
The tests are a simple swab of the nose and throat and give fast results. People are recommended to take two tests a week. It is important to be aware that anyone who tests positive using lateral flow tests needs to have a confirmatory PCR test at one of the symptomatic tests sites run by the Department of Health and Social Care. Find the centres.
You can pick up lateral flow tests at one of the city’s seven community testing centres which are: the Transport Museum in the city centre; the Indian Community Centre in Foleshill; the Moat House Leisure and Neighbourhood Centre in Wood End; the Alan Higgs Centre off Allard Way; the AT7 Centre off the A444; the Xcel Centre in Westwood; and the Hagard Community Centre in Willenhall. You can also go to some of the local pharmacies within the city. View a full list of places where you can collect rapid lateral flow tests for home use.
In addition to home testing, our Community testing sites are operating as normal for anyone who is not showing symptoms of coronavirus and there is no need to book an appointment. Opening hours at the centres are Monday – Friday: 8am to 6.30pm; and Saturday and Sunday: 10am to 3pm
Anyone who has been told to self-isolate or is showing symptoms of COVID-19 should not attend a collection site. Those with any of the main COVID symptoms should call 119 or visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus.
To find out more about testing, coronavirus or local restrictions and support, visit www.coventry.gov.uk/coronavirus.