Rapid Lateral Flow Tests imperative to help to minimise the potential spread of Coronavirus

Published Friday, 23 April 2021

Twice weekly regular testing is being recommended by Public Health for those who come into contact with people outside of their own household or bubble as part of their everyday circumstances.

This advice also applies even if someone has been vaccinated, with testing helping prevent the inadvertent spread of the Covid 19 virus and rapid testing centres open in Bromley and Penge.

Dr Nada Lemic, Bromley’s Director of Public Health said: “We are at a crucial period, with restrictions easing and we must remember that it continues to be really important to identify those people who have Covid-19 but do not feel unwell or have other symptoms. Approximately one in three of people who are infected with covid do not have any symptoms and so risk spreading the virus without knowing it. As we will be living with coronavirus for some time to come we must all play our part in stopping the spread, especially if new variants come to notice. Regular testing continues therefore to be much needed as this action will help to minimise the potential spread of the virus.”

Dr Lemic added, ““The other important thing to do is make sure you get vaccinated when it is your turn. Currently anyone over 45 or is a carer or has a health condition that makes them clinically vulnerable can get the vaccine. When you are eligible, I urge you to book your vaccination online or come forward when invited.”

There are a number of different ways in which people who have no symptoms can take part in regular Rapid Lateral Flow testing: 

1. Attend the rapid test centre at either Bromley Civic Centre or the Kentwood Centre in Penge or

2. Collect a home testing kit from the

a. Bromley Civic Centre

b. Kentwood Centre in Penge

c. Cotmandene Community Resource Centre and Learning Shop in St Paul’s Cray

d. Mottingham Community and Learning Shop

3. Tests can also be collected through the Community Collect scheme from other locations such as pharmacies, with details of supervised testing and community collect centres available on the Council’s website.

Booking is not required for Community Collection of home tests.

Anyone testing positive through rapid testing, whether via supervised or home testing, should get a PCR test to confirm the result and immediately self-isolate for 10 days.

PCR tests are mainly for people showing symptoms of Covid-19 – high temperature, continuous cough or a loss of taste or smell or if you have positive Lateral Flow Test. There are currently three full-time centres in the borough offering these tests located at Crystal Palace, Cotmandene Crescent and Station Road Car Park in Hayes, plus a temporary site in Norman Park. Tests for those with symptoms should be booked through the NHS online at gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.

Information and guidance on how to book a test or a vaccination can be found on the Council’s website at www.bromley.gov.uk/covid-19.

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