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Free rapid Covid-19 tests are now available to book at two district pharmacies, with a third set to be added soon.

This testing is for adults and children who are 12 years and over, who live or work in Worcestershire and who do not have any symptoms of Covid-19.  

Tests can be booked online now using the booking website www.1centralhealth.co.uk/worcslft, for the following pharmacies:

  • Hollywood Pharmacy, 59 May Lane, Hollywood, B47 5PA
  • Wythall Pharmacy, 221 Station Road, Wythall, B46 6ET

Tests are soon expected to be available at a third pharmacy as well, Knights Pharmacy Rubery, 102 New Rd, Rubery, Birmingham B45 9HY. Please visit the above link to check.

Rapid turnaround tests are supplied by NHS Test and Trace and will help identify people who are positive for Covid-19 but have no symptoms. Around one in three people who are infected with Covid-19 have no symptoms. Broadening testing to include those with no symptoms will mean finding positive cases more quickly, and help to break the chains of transmission.

The tests are taken using nose and throat swabs and the results are much faster than the standard test which goes to a lab. There are no costs but anyone getting a test will need to follow social distancing and wear a face covering.

If you have symptoms, you should not book a rapid test. Anyone with one or more of these symptoms – a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to sense of smell or taste, should continue to book a test at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus  or by calling 119.

Dr Kathryn Cobain, Director for Public Health in Worcestershire said: “This is another important way for us to support our residents to stay healthy and well.

We know that people are concerned about unwittingly spreading the virus. These tests offer a way for people to have that peace of mind, and if they do test positive, act quickly to self-isolate and reduce the risk to others.

 “Around one in three people have the virus without symptoms so could be spreading the virus without knowing it. Wider testing to identify positive cases from those showing no symptoms will mean quicker detection, and ultimately less spread of virus.”

Rapid tests only measure if someone is infectious at that point in time. If a person has a 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.