Hounslow Council is rolling-out rapid, asymptomatic COVID-19 testing to help reduce the spread of the virus and bring down the current high rates of infection in our Borough.
Published: Tuesday, 5th January 2021
About 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 have no symptoms, but can still pass the virus to others without knowing.
From today (Tuesday 5 January), members of the community - such as key workers - with no symptoms can book a free rapid test online via the Hounslow Council website www.hounslow.gov.uk/rapidtest
Rapid tests, called ‘lateral flow tests’, give a positive or negative result in 30-40 minutes. They are safe and do not require a laboratory to process the results. Once people have booked an appointment, they will get a confirmation email, explaining where and when to go and what they need to take with them e.g. a face covering.
There will be rapid test facilities at five sites across the borough. The first two sites are open for pre-booked rapid test appointments from today (Tuesday 5 January):
The remaining sites are due to open for pre-booked rapid test appointments from next week onwards and further details will be provided soon.
Sites will be open for pre-booked appointments from 8am-4pm, seven days a week, for about six weeks. People can choose which site they prefer to attend to have their test. Once they have had their appointment, they will get their test result by email/text which can take about 30-40 minutes.
For those who don’t have access to the internet, they can call 0207 084 9697 to book a rapid test. They should not walk up to the testing centres without booking.
Cllr Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council, said: “Even if you do not have symptoms, you could still have COVID-19 and be passing on the virus. If you don’t have any COVID-19 symptoms, book your rapid test online. This will help to reduce the spread of Coronavirus. But, even with a negative test result, we must all still remember the basics such as ‘Hands, Face, Space’ to keep one another safe.”
Those who do have COVID-19 symptoms, for example a high fever, a new, continuous, cough or a loss of taste or smell, should get a ‘PCR test’ instead. Visit: https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
Hounslow House remains closed until further notice for all other council business, but services are still available. Visit: https://www.hounslow.gov.uk/site/ for more information and contact details.
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