Bromley’s rapid testing helps stop the spread of Covid-19

Published Wednesday, 3 February 2021

More than 10,000 people without any symptoms have been tested for Covid-19 since the inception of Bromley’s Lateral Flow Rapid Testing programme just over four weeks ago, with around 108 testing positive. The positivity rate of 1.1 per cent is in line with the London benchmark.

These tests aim to identify those who have the virus but without showing any symptoms and ask them to self-isolate to stop the spread. One in three people who test positive for Covid-19 have no symptoms and so could be spreading the virus without knowing. By regularly testing those who come into contact with people outside their own household or bubble as part of their everyday circumstances, the council can help prevent the inadvertent spread of the virus.

The two Rapid Test Centres in Bromley, at the Civic Centre and the Kentwood Centre in Penge, offer lateral flow tests for those over 18, without symptoms. Book a Rapid Covid Test here www.bromley.gov.uk/rapidtesting - results are sent within 30 minutes to a smart phone or by email.

The efficient booking system, in conjunction with requests for people to turn up on time, have meant that queues and crowding has been avoided making all-important social distancing easier at both sites. This has made testing calm and swift, despite the significant numbers going through the centres each day. More capacity during the week has been made available, so residents are encouraged to book in for regular testing to help slow the spread.

Cllr Diane Smith, Executive Member for Adult Care and Health said: “The successful introduction of our two Rapid Testing Centres in the borough has been a remarkable achievement and has ensured a great start to this very important programme. The rollout of the initiative has seen Bromley Council staff volunteering to deliver the scheme which importantly allows residents who test positive, despite having no symptoms, to play their part and stay home to stop the spread.

“I encourage residents who come into contact with others through their work, for instance, to book in for this very simple testing regime to gain the peace of mind of knowing they are not passing on the virus to their colleagues, friends and families.”

Rapid testing is for those without symptoms only. Residents with any of the Covid-19 symptoms – high temperature, continuous cough or a change in taste or smell - should book a PCR test immediately at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by phoning 119, if no internet access, and self-isolate for 10 days, not going out at all.

Support is available for those who must self-isolate including with regular shopping slots, a volunteer, or a regular phone call for anyone who is lonely. In addition, there is a test and trace support payment for those eligible.

Residents testing positive through a rapid test will no longer need to confirm this with an NHS PCR test and will have access to payments straightaway if they are eligible.

Further information at www.bromley.gov.uk/covid-19

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Notes to editors

For the lateral flow tests, bookings must be made in advance through the council’s website at www.bromley.gov.uk/rapidtesting

Residents should bring their smart phone, and ensure they wear a face covering at the centre.

A helpline has been set up to support those without internet access so residents can call 020 8461 7799 about rapid testing if they cannot go online. 

Support is available while self-isolating – more information at www.bromley.gov.uk/covid-19

For media enquiries, please contact Susie Clark, Communications Executive, on 020 8461 7911 or email susie.clark@bromley.gov.uk