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Rutland libraries will become lateral flow testing collection sites




A new rapid Covid-19 testing service called Community Collect will be launching in Rutland from Monday (March 22).

Community Collect supports the expansion of asymptomatic testing by allowing for the distribution of self-test kits to individual households to test at home. It is a service available for use by adults in households with children at nursery, primary, secondary schools and colleges, members of child care support bubbles, as well as those in occupations such as childminders, school bus drivers.

The Community Collect service is open to everyone, not just those living in Rutland. Previously parents faced a 20-mile round trip or had to order the tests online.

Cotton swab with tube labelled as coronavirus. Photo: istock
Cotton swab with tube labelled as coronavirus. Photo: istock

Each household will be able to regularly collect up to two boxes of seven tests from local collection points to support testing twice weekly. One adult from a household can collect tests from the following locations and times. There is no need to book but social distancing guidelines must be followed.

COVID-19 rapid test kit is a qualitative lateral flow immunochromatographic assay for the detection of IgM and IgG antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 in human whole blood, serum or plasma samples. Photo: istock
COVID-19 rapid test kit is a qualitative lateral flow immunochromatographic assay for the detection of IgM and IgG antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 in human whole blood, serum or plasma samples. Photo: istock

The following sites will be opening:

  • Uppingham Library - Tuesday, 12.30pm to 5pm
  • Ketton Library - Tuesday, 12.30pm to 5pm
  • Ryhall Library - Thursday, 12.30pm to 5pm
  • Oakham Library - Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, 10am to 1pm
  • Unit 18a Oakham Enterprise Park Asymptomatic Testing Site (ATS) - Monday 1pm to 3pm, Wednesday 3pm to 7pm, Friday 1pm to 4pm.

Mike Sandys, director of public health for Rutland County Council, said: “The Community Collect service will help identify people who are asymptomatic but are unknowingly carrying the Covid-19 virus. The test is quick to take and provides rapid results in just 30 minutes. This means that when a negative result is received, that person can go about their day, and not have to isolate while waiting for results.

“The roll out of the service and other testing and vaccination measures does not replace the need for social distancing measures, good hand hygiene and the wearing of face masks. It’s still important for residents to remember hands, face and space.”

Further information on the Community Collect service can be found here.

Residents who have symptoms of Covid-19 or anyone who should be self-isolating should not attend the collection points. Instead they should book a test through the gov.uk website or call 119, and self-isolate until they receive their test result.

Individuals who report a positive lateral flow self-test will be directed to undertake a confirmatory PCR test by either ordering one online or by booking to attend a regional or local test site.

Those with no symptoms can also be tested.



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