COVID Lateral Flow Testing Kits

COVID Lateral Flow Testing Kits

The free covid LFT service has now officially come to an end. Collection of free kits from pharmacies is now no longer possible.

To ensure our communities remain safe we have taken delivery of FlowFlex devices. These kits have frequently been used in the NHS Test and Trace system, so it’s a kit you should all be familiar with.

Kits go on sale in early April and will be priced at £2.25 per kit

Who should test?

The COVID tests can be used by anyone, even individuals who are asymptomatic. Asymptomatic patients are patients who do not currently display signs or symptoms associated with an active infection, for example, fever, continuous new cough, loss of taste and or smell.

The tests can be used by all members of the household and are suitable for all age groups including small children.

What is in the kit?

Each COVID test kit contains 1 lateral flow device, 1 swab and the required buffer solution. This is a single test.

Why test?

Lateral flow testing will be a key tool in getting back to “normal”. Regular testing of a population who are likely to be mixing will spot infections faster, particularly asymptomatic infections, and allow that individual to isolate sooner further reducing the risk of unknowingly spreading the virus.

PCR test vs Lateral Flow

There are a lot of confusing terms and acronyms floating around so let’s drill down into the specifics.

PCR Test – This stands for Polymerase Chain Reaction. It is a laboratory test and usually takes around 24 hours or more for your result. This type of test is the most accurate! If you have symptoms this is the NHS test for you. Book your slot online with the NHS or by phoning 119.

Lateral Flow Test (LFT) – This is a rapid result type test similar to a pregnancy test. A swab is taken by the patient, the swab sample is mixed with a solution and dropped onto the test kit. A result can be read 15-30 mins later. Whilst this test is not as accurate as a PCR test it is very useful for spotting cases where a patient is showing no clinical signs or symptoms of an active infection.

What to do if you get a positive test?

Isolate, and follow the latest government guidance. Whilst false positives can occur it is possible you may currently be infectious without showing symptoms. A false positive is where you show a positive result on a test, but you are actually negative and are not carrying the virus. The risk of a false positive is very low.

Other important information

1) The tests help identify people who are positive for COVID-19
2) A negative result does not guarantee someone doesn’t have COVID-19. It is important to continue following all applicable Government guidelines and restrictions.
3) Instructions on how to use the test are inside the box.