Residents are being offered access to symptom-free rapid-result testing at sites across west Norfolk
About the test
NHS Test and Trace is making rapid lateral flow antigen testing available alongside standard lab-based polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests. These tests play a different, but crucial role in the fight against COVID-19.
Taking part in this type of testing can help stop the spread early. This could help reduce the number of cases that are being seen in west Norfolk. One in every three people who have coronavirus, may show no symptoms.
The test is a quick-and-easy way to identify where there might be cases. It helps ensure that:
- those who need to self-isolate do so, and
- they can access any support they may need if they're not able to work while they're isolating
To find out if there is testing available in your area and to book an appointment, please visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/rapidtesting. This will take you to the Norfolk County Council website. Here you can search for your nearest testing station, and book in for a test.
When attending for an appointment, you should:
- wear masks
- observe social distancing
- make sure you have a valid mobile phone number to receive your results
Test results are usually provided within 30 minutes.
What happens next?
If you receive a positive result, you'll be advised to self-isolate immediately. You'll then be referred to Test and Trace and will need to ensure that anyone in your household also self-isolates.
If your test result is negative, it's still vitally important that you continue to:
- follow the Government guidelines and any restrictions in place
- adhere to social distancing, handwashing and wear a face covering when required
You can find more information about lateral flow antigen testing for people without symptoms on the GOV.UK website