Fast Covid-19 tests for people without symptoms now available in Keighley

People with no coronavirus symptoms can now have a lateral flow test in Keighley's Airedale Shopping Centre to find out within 30 minutes whether they have Covid-19.

Anyone who lives or works in the Bradford district can have one of the tests - and there is no need to book an appointment, you simply turn up.

The testing is taking place in the empty shop between Costa and JD Sports, near to Burger King in the shopping centre.

Bradford Council’s COVID Response Hub, in partnership with the Department for Health and Social Care has also opened a lateral flow test facility at St George's Hall in Bradford city centre.

The one at the Airedale Shopping Centre, Keighley is open from 9am to 4.30pm Monday to Saturday and on Sundays from 11.15am to 3pm.

You can get a test at St George‘s Hall from 8.15am to 5.30pm Monday to Saturdays and on Sundays from 10.15am to 4pm.

These tests are only for those people who do not have coronavirus symptoms. If you do have symptoms you should continue to book a test via www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or by phoning 119.

The lateral flow testing centres in Keighley and Bradford will be closed on 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 December and 1 January.

Roughly one in three people with the virus have no symptoms and so could be spreading the disease without knowing it. Broadening testing to identify those showing no symptoms will mean finding positive cases more quickly, and so break the chains of transmission.

Anyone getting a negative test result will be informed that they still have to stick to the guidelines – wash their hands regularly, wear a face covering and stay at least 2m apart. They will also be encouraged to get tested regularly.

Anyone who receives a positive result will have to isolate immediately and book to get a PCR test to confirm the diagnosis.

Cllr Sarah Ferriby, Executive Member for Healthy People and Places on Bradford Council. said: “Lateral Flow Testing could significantly improve the detection of positive cases.  It enables more people who have the virus but are without symptoms, to self-isolate and help prevent the spread of the virus.

“The testing we’re offering at St George’s Hall and the Airedale Shopping Centre is for people who do not have COVID-19 symptoms.

“I would urge people to get themselves tested, to help Bradford district to get back to as normal a life as possible, as soon as possible.

“To improve our chances of detecting positive cases, people who test negative can book themselves a test each week if they wish. By getting tested regularly we can save lives, keep our loved ones safe and help to stop the virus spreading.

Please do not go to either of the lateral flow testing centres if you do have symptoms – they are only for people with no symptoms. Instead you can book a test online at www.nhs/coronavirus or by calling 119.”

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