How Derbyshire people can get free rapid coronavirus testing kits to use at home
Derbyshire residents can now get free rapid coronavirus testing kits to use at home.
Members of the public are being encouraged to visit their community testing centre to pick up the lateral flow tests for them and their families to use.
Experts say one in three people with the virus don’t have any symptoms and could be passing it on without realising.
With results in around 30 minutes, lateral flow tests promise to help detect positive cases quickly.
Derbyshire residents will be able to pick up two boxes of seven tests when they visit their community testing centre.
Dean Wallace, Derbyshire’s director of public health, said: “Everyone has made a massive effort to get us to the point where we can start to go back to doing some of the things we love.
“But we don’t want to undo that good work so, together with the vaccine roll-out, rapid testing is another weapon in our armoury against this deadly disease.
“To get back to a more normal life we all need to play our part and get tested regularly.
“This will help to give us peace of mind as well as stop the virus in its tracks.
“By doing all the right things – self isolating if we test positive, staying apart, washing our hands and wearing a face covering when required – we can all make a difference.”
When testing at home, people will need to register their results online or by calling NHS 119. They should self-isolate if positive and order a confirmatory PCR test.
Rapid testing kits for use at home are also available to order online.