Households with primary school, secondary school and college-age children, including childcare and support bubbles, can test themselves twice every week at home as schools return from Monday 8 March.
Households, childcare and support bubbles of primary, secondary and college staff can also be tested. Twice-weekly testing will also be offered to adults working in the wider school community, including bus drivers, childminders and after school club leaders.
About one in three people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms but can still pass it on to others. Regular testing of people without symptoms is important to help stop the virus from spreading and protect your loved ones. As lockdown restrictions gradually ease, we all need to play our part to help protect each other.
How to get a rapid lateral flow test in Barnsley
If you’re a member of a household, childcare bubble/provider or support bubble of a school staff member or a pupil, you can get a twice-weekly test:
- by collecting a home test kit from a test site
- by ordering a home test kit online
Collect test kits
You can collect two packs of home test kits from the following collection points between 1.30pm and 7pm every day:
- Lower Courthouse car park, County Way, Barnsley, S70 2JW
- Dorothy Hyman Sports Centre car park, Cudworth, S72 8LH
- Summer Lane car park, Wombwell, S73 0DD
Each pack contains seven tests and anyone 18 or over can collect.
Order home test kits online
If you cannot get tested at your workplace or are unable to go to a test site or collect test kits, you can order a home test kit online.
Do not order online if you can get a test through other methods. This frees up home delivery for those who need it most.
Get a test through your employer
Your workplace may offer rapid lateral flow testing to you, if access testing through this method you should continue to do this. Contact your employer to find out more.
What twice-weekly testing involves
You will be asked to:
- take a test twice a week (every 3 or 4 days apart)
- report every result to NHS Test and Trace on the same day you take the test
Report your test result online or by calling 119.
If anyone tests positive or gets coronavirus symptoms,:
- self-isolate immediately
- get a PCR test to confirm the result
- follow the stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection
A negative result means the test did not find signs of COVID-19. But this does not guarantee you do not have COVID-19, so you should keep following all coronavirus advice including:
- regular handwashing
- social distancing
- wearing a face covering where recommended
If you have COVID-19 symptoms
The most important symptoms of COVID-19 are the recent onset of any of the following:
- a cough that won’t stop
- a high temperature
- things tasting or smelling strange
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, arrange to have a PCR test if you have not already had one. Stay at home while you are waiting for a home self-sampling kit, a test site appointment or a test result.
Please not use the rapid lateral flow testing service as this is only for people without symptoms. Order a test for people with symptoms online or call 119.
Find out more at: www.barnsley.gov.uk/coronavirus-schools-rapid-test