Families Covid Testing Update

19th March 2021

Advice on Families with school aged children taking covid lateral flow tests has changed.

The government is now encouraging families to do twice weekly lateral flow test at home.

These free Test kits can be collected from the Spittal Covid teasting facility between 1-8pm each day. No ID or appointment needed.

To read the full current guidance please follow the link below, alternatively the applicable parts of the guidance have been copied below.

If you have any question regarding this please get in touch.

Thank you

Mrs Hodgson

GOV.UK Website - Families Testing Info

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said:

We are getting all children back in the classroom from 8 March, because it will bring huge benefits to their education and wellbeing, and is a hugely important step in helping them recover from the impact of the pandemic.

Testing family members will provide yet another layer of reassurance to parents and education staff that schools are as safe as possible, building on the massive increase in testing for secondary school and college students, and strengthened requirements around face coverings in areas where social distancing cannot be maintained.

Professor Yvonne Doyle, Medical Director at Public Health England, said:

These rapid tests help uncover hidden cases of the virus and break chains of transmission, stopping outbreaks before they occur.

Combined with other protective measures, they are a vital tool to help us lower infection rates and ensure that they stay low.

I would encourage all eligible households to take up the offer of twice weekly rapid testing – it’s quick and painless and could help save lives.

All households with primary and secondary school and college age children, and childcare and support bubbles, will be encouraged to start regular twice-weekly testing as schools return. Tests will be available for adults in these households to collect on 1 March. As with student testing, this is encouraged but not mandatory. A secondary PCR test will be required for positive lateral flow tests which are taken at home, either through at home PCR testing or at a local PCR testing site.