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East Riding Voluntary Sector Lateral Flow Testing

Published at 12:01 pm Tue Feb 2nd, 2021

Humber Emergency Planning Centre and HEY Smile Foundation are working very closely with East Riding Public Health Team to ensure voluntary groups deliver their activities safely.

Lateral Flow tests are now available for voluntary and community organisations that offer the following activities:
1. Food bank support, preparation of care packages and volunteer-led emergency response.
2. Community Transport Providers and local volunteer driving schemes
3. One-to-one contact offering wellbeing support or advice services.

Purpose of Lateral Flow Testing

Increased testing will help pick up more cases, stop the spread of the virus and support communities and critical industries.

What is Lateral Flow Testing:?

A Lateral Flow Test (LFT) also referred to as Lateral Flow Device test (LFD) or a rapid test is a coronavirus test that gives you quicker results (about 30 minutes). The tests are used for asymptomatic testing – this means the tests should only be used if you do not have symptoms of coronavirus.

Research has shown that one in three people who have coronavirus never show any symptoms but that does not mean they are not infectious. The LFT can help identify if you have high levels of the virus even if you do not have the symptoms. Every positive individuals detected can stop a chain of transmission once the individual follows the guideline to isolate.

To request access to free Lateral Flow Testing, please complete this online form.

What happens if the test is positive? 

You must treat a positive LFD result in the same way that you would a positive PCR. The legal duty to self-isolate is triggered by a positive LFD result and you and your household must isolate for 10-days after the date of the test. Contact tracing also will be initiated through the NHS or local contact tracing team and other non household close contacts will be advised to self-isolate for 10 days after the date you took your LFT. Please refer to the government’s website for the latest information: gov.uk/coronavirus

How to access this service

1. Complete the online request form

2. Eligible groups will receive online booking details

3. Attend one of the Lateral Testing sites at least once a week (ideally twice)*

*There are 8 testing sites across East Riding  

Humber Emergency Planning Centre Support

HEPC will review submitted request and forward website link and PIN to support online booking. They will also review your needs and offer a conversation to explore any wider safety needs such as risk assessment review, operational planning to reflect latest government guidance.