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Rapid Coronavirus Testing: Lateral Flow Test Kits

COVID-19 home testing kits available in all Whitworth Pharmacy branches.

COVID-19 home testing kits available in all Whitworth Pharmacy branches.

Obtain your FREE Lateral Flow Test Kits

Lateral flow tests will be available from all branches of Whitworth Pharmacy from Friday the 9th of April 2021.  

Quick and easy to use, these free tests are ideal for people who are not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 but may be spreading the virus. They are a home testing kit that provide results in just 30 minutes and help us to limit the spread of the coronavirus and move out of lockdown more safely.  

These tests are available at all of our branches so pop along to your local branch of Whitworth to collect your free lateral flow test kit.  

The lateral flow test is an accurate and reliable test used to detect coronavirus when the person isn’t experiencing symptoms. They have been rigorously evaluated by the UK’s top scientists to ensure they detect proteins (antigens) that are present when a person has COVID-19.  

They are hand-held devices that have an absorbent pad at one end and a reading window at the other. The strip of test paper inside changes colour if COVID-19 antigens are detected and you can have three possible results – negative, positive or invalid.  

The rapid home coronavirus test kits (lateral flow tests) are suitable for everyone who isn’t experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. This includes: 

  • A high temperature 

  • A new, continuous cough 

  • You’ve lost your sense of smell or taste, or it has changed.  

 

If you or a family member is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, you must self-isolate immediately and arrange for a PCR test.  To collect the lateral flow test from a Whitworth Pharmacy branch, you must be 18 years old or over. We also need to ask you a series of questions before we can give them to you.  

An estimated 80% of people with COVID-19 do not experience symptoms of the virus, even if they have tested positive.  

The lateral flow test can quickly detect these hidden cases and prevent the spread of the virus. They are also practical and easy to use so suitable for widespread testing of the general public.  

By carrying out widespread testing of this type, we could move out of lockdown more quickly and return to normal life.  

  • The lateral flow test is very quick and simple to use.  

    You simply use a small swab to take a sample from the back of your throat and your nose.  

    Then you dip the swab into the extraction solution and drip this onto the device’s paper pad. After 30 minutes, your result will be available. You do not need to send your test to a lab it can all be done from the comfort of your home.  

    You must register your results online or by calling 119.  

    You will receive full instructions on how to use your lateral flow test with your kit.  

  • 1. How long does the test take? 

    The test itself takes roughly five minutes to perform but the results take up to 30 minutes to display. This means you need to allow plenty of time before doing the test.  

    2. What if I get a positive result? 

    If you get a positive lateral flow test result, you must self-isolate immediately and arrange for a PCR test to confirm the results. Do not leave home until you get your test results, except to post a test kit or for a PCR test appointment. Get a free PCR test by visiting the government website here.  

    3. How many rapid home tests can I have? 

    By popping into your local branch of Whitworth, we can provide you with a box of 7 lateral flow tests. This allows you to follow Prime Minister, Boris Johnson’s recommendation that rapid home testing be carried out twice per week.  

It’s estimated that as many as 1 in 3 people may have Covid-19 without displaying symptoms. This is why asymptomatic testing is an important means to keep everyone safe. Pop into your local branch to obtain your FREE lateral flow test kit today.

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