A message from The Live Well Centre
We have really low uptake at our rapid Covid-19 community test sites across Middlesbrough
We know from recent studies that around 1 in 3 people with Covid-19 don’t display symptoms. A national Community Testing Programme has been developed to offer rapid Covid-19 tests for people without symptoms.
Testing is one of the key tools we have to contain the spread of coronavirus while the vaccine programme is rolled out nationally. If we can identify more people who are carrying the infection we can help to drive down transmission rates and save lives.
To support this, we have opened several Community Testing sites providing rapid Covid-19 tests:
|Middlesbrough Sports Village
|Newport Community Hub
|North Ormesby Community Hub
There is free parking available at all venues and anyone who lives or works in Middlesbrough can book tests. Tests take approximately 10 minutes, you will be advised how to conduct the test yourself and you will receive the results by text and e-mail in around 1 hour.
We are encouraging those people who can’t work from home and are therefore more likely to come into contact with other people to book regular tests (twice a week).
Tests are available to book here now www.middlesbrough.gov.uk/communitytesting
Please note that a negative result following a rapid test does not necessarily mean that you don’t have Covid-19. Anyone testing negative must continue to follow all local restrictions and public health advice to protect themselves and others.
The Community Testing sites are only for people without Covid-19 symptoms. If you or anyone you know has symptoms, including – a new continuous cough, high temperature or loss/change to your sense of smell or taste – they should self-isolate and book a test for people with symptoms at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.
Please also note that if you do take part in regular testing that this should not replace any of your current health and safety procedures around the use of PPE, social distancing etc.
Please share this information with family, friends and colleagues.
Advanced Public Health Practitioner
Public Health South Tees