Rapid lateral flow testing now available at The Ryland Centre

Published Friday, 5th February 2021

The Ryland Centre in Bromsgrove is the next Rapid Flow Testing site to be opened in Worcestershire.

 

People living or working in Bromsgrove who don’t have any symptoms, will be able to book a free Rapid lateral flow test, at The Ryland Centre, New Road, Bromsgrove B60 2JS, between 10am and 5.45pm, Monday to Saturday

This is in partnership with the Department of Health and Social Care.

The aim of this testing is to help drive down transmission rates as one in three people
who are infected with Covid-19 have no symptoms so could be spreading the disease without knowing it.

Broadening testing to identify people without symptoms, means finding positive cases quicker and breaking the chains of transmission.

Testing will be available for people with no symptoms aged 18 and over, at The Ryland Centre from Friday 5th February

Appointments must be pre-booked by visiting the dedicated Lateral Flow Testing page of the County Council website 

Rapid-turnaround lateral flow tests are a new type of technology, which provide results within an hour. These devices do not require a laboratory to process the test.

Dr Kathryn Cobain, Director of Public Health in Worcestershire said: “There are plenty of free rapid flow tests available for people who live or work in Worcestershire. You are recommended to get a test twice a week if you need to leave home for work. Testing for people without symptoms will help us find the 1 in 3 people who are positive but unaware and this will help drive down cases.”

Councillor Karen May, Leader of Bromsgrove District Council said: “This is great news for residents in Bromsgrove who will have more choices in where to get a Rapid Flow Test on their doorstep and indeed adds to the growing number of opportunities across Worcestershire.

“Testing for people without symptoms will help us find the 1 in 3 people who are positive but unaware of it and I encourage as many people as possible, particularly those who are unable to work from home, to utilise it.”

Michelle Jones, General Manager for the Ryland Centre, said: “After having our business closed again for the third time due to national lockdowns we are really pleased to be able to re open and support our local community and residents with rapid lateral flow testing. We know that having this available in Bromsgrove it will be accessed by our members, customers, local residents and the wide community for those that need to produce a positive test for their employment, and also for those who want to support driving the transmission down in our local area.”