Targeted Testing – Lateral Flow Testing
Lateral Flow Testing (LFT) brings in an additional tool to support with the control of disease transmission across our community. The LFT is a clinically validated swab antigen test that does not require a laboratory for processing and can turnaround results within an hour. The test works extremely well in finding cases with high viral load (those who are most infectious) who may not show signs of active infection, and who may unwittingly transmit the disease to colleagues, customers, family and friends.
We are currently testing many thousands of school pupils several times a week with LFT, and tests are also available to the households of school pupils via their school.
You do not have to have symptoms, or have been in contact with someone who has, to access this testing programme – it is for those working in more risky environments. It is worth pointing out that although the test works well in finding positive cases, a negative result is not a reliable indicator that you do not have the virus, and you will therefore still need to abide by all regulations and guidance.
Testing is also available to volunteers and staff in the Voluntary & Community Sector (VCS) :
if you are working/volunteering and meet one of the following criteria, you are eligible for regular testing:
- You are involved in activities which involve meeting people face-to-face indoors. This could include, but is not limited to, providing emergency food or shelter, working in food banks, driving people to medical appointments, providing in-person care, support, social care or therapy.
- You are volunteering to support the vaccination programme, testing programme, pulse oximetry delivery programme or other covid-related tasks.
- You are doing regular tasks for other at-risk people, dog-walking, medication collection, which involve a greater element of risk. One-off volunteer tasks, which involve simply dropping off a parcel on the doorstep isn’t considered to present a high risk.
Calderdale Council’s approach is underpinned by its key objectives:
- Identify undetected disease and break the chain of transmission
- Increase confidence in settings on the principle that it’s a safe place to work
- Protect those at highest risk, and prevent the transmission of disease in high risk settings
- Ensure those who are asked to self-isolate are supported to do so
The LFT provision is currently undergoing a review, and it is likely that we will be moving towards a model that supports at home testing, with tests available for collection in various places around the borough. More news on this as soon as possible. But in the meantime, you are invited to book an appointment at either of our Testing Stations listed below, with appointments available Mon-Fri, 09.00-16.30. If you are a medium to large organisation you may be able to arrange access to a number of tests that you can distribute to your staff and volunteers. Please contact LFTSupport@calderdale.gov.uk for more information on this.
|St Johns Health Centre
|Todmorden Community College
44 Burnley Road
Appointments must be booked in advance via our online booking platform BOOK HERE
If after taking a Lateral Flow Test a positive result is shown the subject will be required to self-isolate for 10 days, along with household members, in line with government guideline
Guidance on support Calderdale Council may be able to offer you to self-isolate can be found HERE