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Taking an LFT at home is the first choice in Kidderminster

Published Friday, 28th May 2021

The COVID-19 testing booths within Kidderminster Library are being removed after this week with the last tests available on Saturday 29 May.

Self-test kits can still be collected from the library. For those that prefer to be supervised, while taking their test, there are several pharmacies offering supervised onsite tests in the local area.

To find their nearest pharmacy and book a test, residents can use the Central Health booking link.

Following the success of self-testing kit collection points at local pharmacies and libraries, more residents in Kidderminster are choosing to take a rapid flow (LFT) test at home.

In the same period up until 4th April 2021, 880 tests were collected for use at home compared to 266 tests conducted on site in the library.

1 in 3 people with COVID-19 have no symptoms and are unaware they could be spreading the virus. Regular rapid flow testing detects the virus when we are most likely to spread it to others.

Early detection means we can self-isolate and prevent the spread. Even if you have been vaccinated, it is still important to keep ourselves and those around us safe and prevent spreading the virus.

Dr Kathryn Cobain, Director of Public Health in Worcestershire, said: “We are very grateful to our residents and businesses who have regularly been using rapid flow testing to help keep everyone safe. For many people it is convenient to collect a box of tests and do them at home, and our pharmacies are playing a vital role in providing the test kits.

“For those who prefer to be supervised while taking their test, there are still a number of pharmacies in Kidderminster offering onsite supervised testing.

"Alongside vaccination, testing is an important measure to tackle the spread of the virus. By testing twice a week with LFTs we are all helping to protect our family and loved ones, as well as our community.

“Regular rapid flow testing is only suitable for people without symptoms though. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 (a new, continuous cough, a high temperature, and a loss or change in your sense of taste or smell) please book a standard PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test on the  Get a Coronavirus webpage

Hannah Perrott, Assistant Director for Communities, said: “It has been a pleasure to support the COVID-19 efforts by providing space for testing within Kidderminster Library and we continue this support by being a collection point for home testing kits.

“Libraries are a great community asset and we have been delighted to see people returning whether it is to use our library services or collect a test kit.”

Karen May, Cabinet Member for Health & Well-being, said: “It is wonderful to see so many people making use of home testing kit collection points across Kidderminster.

“Testing is a huge part of a range of steps necessary to help us get back to where we want to be.”

Early detection using a rapid flow test is one of the ways, alongside vaccination, we can help to suppress the virus and keep ourselves and others safe as we move out of lockdown.

To find out more about regular rapid testing visit the County Council's Community Testing pages.