People who live or work in Gloucester City invited to take up community testing offer
With the walk to neighbourhood testing facility in Barton and Tredworth centre continuing to work well, people who work in Gloucester city, as well as those who live there, are now being invited to get tested.
Around 860 city residents have attended the testing facility since it opened at the Friendship Café just over two weeks ago. So far, nine people have tested positive for COVID-19 using Lateral Flow Devices (LFDs). LFDs are used to identify Covid in people who have no symptoms.
Testing continues to be offered mainly to those who, for work or caring responsibilities still have to leave the house. People who are clinically extremely vulnerable should continue to shield.
Scott, Executive Director of Adult Social Care and Public Health, said: “The single most important action we can all take to save lives and protect the NHS, is to follow the rules and stay at home.
“If you do have to go out for work or to care for others, naturally, you will be more at risk of catching Covid. LFDs can help detect the virus in people who have none of the main Covid symptoms, so that they can isolate more quickly and prevent the spread of infection.”
Testing is not an alternative to following the rules on hands, face and space and a negative result does not mean that a person won’t go on to catch Covid, or that they definitely do not have the virus.
For this type of testing to be most effective, people need to be tested twice a week.
Anyone who already has symptoms should self-isolate and book a PCR test, either at Hempstead Meadows, Gloucester or one of two mobile testing units via the national testing portal.
The Gloucester City based centre is expected to run for another six weeks, but will be reviewed regularly. The county council is working on setting up LFD testing facilities in other parts of the county in the weeks ahead.
For more information and to book a test, click here.