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Symptom-free COVID-19 testing available across Richmond upon Thames

12 April 2021

All residents across Richmond upon Thames can now access rapid lateral flow tests, enabling them to test themselves twice a week.

Previously rapid testing has been available to those most at risk and people who need to leave home for work, including frontline NHS workers, care home staff and residents, and schoolchildren and their families. Now rapid testing is being offered to everyone, with people encouraged to take regular tests to help prevent outbreaks and help us reclaim a more normal way of life.

To make it as easy as possible for local people to access these tests, there are several locations in Richmond upon Thames where tests can be conducted under supervision or collected and taken home.

Free, supervised, rapid lateral flow COVID-19 testing is available on weekdays from 7.30am to 4pm at the Sheen Lane Centre, and from 10am to 2pm on weekends. Bookings can be made in advance, and walk-in appointments are available from 12 noon every day.

In addition, five pharmacies in Twickenham, Barnes, Ham and Teddington, are also providing free supervised tests. Full details available online and again, please book in advance.

There are several places across the borough that are offering a free ‘Community Collect’ service – providing take-home testing kits. This includes the Sheen Lane Centre, Twickenham Civic Centre and other locations including selected pharmacies. Find the nearest collection point to you.

You can also collect from St Mary’s University Broom Road sports campus in Teddington every day from 2.30 to 8pm.

To ensure that businesses have access to the free tests for their staff, there is still time for employers to apply for workplace testing.

If you are a business and are interested in ordering home test kits to distribute to your employees, please apply by 11.59pm on 12 April.

And finally, for people who are unable to access tests through their employer, one of the local test sites, or a collection point, you can order a box of free tests online or through 119, which will be delivered to your home.

Shannon Katiyo, Director of Public Health for Richmond Council, said:

'We know that one in three people with COVID-19 do not display any symptoms. As the country begins to unlock, people will be more mobile, returning to work, going to the gym, going to their place of worship or socialising.

'Rapid testing helps us find COVID-19 cases that we wouldn’t otherwise know about, helping to break the chain of transmission and maintain lower infection rates.

'I encourage everyone to take up the offer of these free rapid tests – they are quick and easy to carry out in your own home.

'Please remember – if you test positive, you must isolate straight away, and apply for a PCR test.'

If you test positive with the rapid lateral flow test you will need to self-isolate for 10 days and apply for a PCR test. Eligible individuals who test positive will be entitled to the £500 Test and Trace Support Payment in the same way as a regular swab test through NHS Test and Trace.

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Up to: April 2021

Updated: 12 April 2021