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Parents of school-aged children in Lincolnshire and Rutland asked to collect lateral flow tests for Covid-19

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Parents are being asked to carry out twice-weekly Covid-19 tests - but the nearest collection point for the tests could involve a 20-mile round trip.

The government unveiled the initiative ahead of schools reopening to all pupils from Monday (March 8).

Parents with children at primary or secondary school will be able to access two tests per week, but the nearest collection points are in Peterborough, Grantham, Melton Mowbray and Corby.

One of the lateral flow tests that has been delivered this week
One of the lateral flow tests that has been delivered this week

Home deliveries are available for those who cannot travel to one of these sites or get a lift there.

Secondary school children will be tested in school at first, and then given home-test kits to keep up regular testing.

A spokesman for Rutland County Council said it was in the process of applying for a collection site to be set up within the county, which would make it easier for parents and carers to follow the government guidelines on regular testing for school-age children, and on staying local to their area.

Lincolnshire County Council said test packs come with seven kits, and people can pick up two packs at a time, adding that they were working on increasing the availability of tests locally, and would communicate any changes,

Lateral flow tests
Lateral flow tests

The rapid lateral flow tests give a result within 30 minutes, which should then be uploaded to the NHS Test and Trace app or reported by calling 119.

The tests are also available for adults who are in a childcare or support bubble with school pupils or staff.

The closest collection site to Stamford is 11 miles away, at the East of England Showground.

Peterborough also has collection points at the Lions Rugby Club and Gladstone Park Community Centre.

The closest sites for Rutland residents are at Burton Street car park in Melton Mowbray and James Ashworth Square in Corby.

There is also a site at the Queen Elizabeth Park car park in Grantham.

All of the collection sites are due to open from 1pm until 7pm each day.

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