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COVID-19 Testing


Get tested help keep Flintshire safe

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LFD testing kits – one per eligible individual - are available for collection from the local pick up points listed below.

Or alternatively can be ordered online by going to https://gov.wales/get-rapid-lateral-flow-covid-19-tests-if-you-do-not-have-symptoms#section-77685

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Everyone over the age of 11 living, working or studying in Flintshire and who are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms can get free Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests. 

LFD self-testing kit collection points and opening times

You don't need an appointment, please just drop in at a time convenient to yourself.  

  • Flintshire Connects offices Monday to Friday 9am to 4.30pm 
    • Buckley (CH7 2EF)
    • Connah's Quay (CH5 4HA)
    • Flint (CH6 5BD)
    • Holywell (CH8 7TD)
    • Mold (CH7 1AP)

  • Broughton Library (CH4 0QQ): Mon and Wed 9am-1pm and 2pm–5pm / Thurs 2pm–6pm / Fri 2pm – 5pm / Sat 9am – 1pm.

  • Buckley Library (CH7 2EF): Mon, Wed and Fri 9am-5pm / Tues and Thurs 9am-6pm / Sat 9am-1pm.

  • Connah’s Quay Library (CH5 4HA): Mon and Tues 9am-6pm / Wed, Thurs and Fri 9am-5pm / Saturday 9am-1pm.

  • Flint Library (CH6 5AP): Mon, Wed and Fri 9am-5pm / Tues and Thurs 9am-6pm / Sat 9am-1pm

  • Holywell Library (CH8 7UZ): Mon, Wed, Thurs and Fri 9am-5pm / Tues 9am-6pm / Sat 9am-1pm.

  • Mold Library (CH7 1AP): Mon and Thurs 9am-6pm / Tues, Wed and Fri 9am-5pm / Sat 9am-1pm. 

  • Mobile Library Service - see here for dates and times of scheduled visits https://www.flintshire.gov.uk/en/PDFFiles/Covid-19/LFD-Collection-Points/Aura-Mobile-Library-Schedule-by-Area.pdf

  • Jade Jones Pavilion Flint (CH6 5ER): Sun 1pm-4pm.  

  • Saltney - Woodwork to Wellness (CH4 8SE) - Unit 4 Saltney Business Centre - Monday to Friday 10am to 3pm.  

  • Shotton (CH5 1BX) Rivertown United Reformed Church, Chester Road West – Mon / Wed / Fri – 9am – 12.30pm 
  • From Monday 12 July, the COVID-19 testing locations at Deeside Industrial Estate and Connah’s Quay, Civic Hall will no longer offer lateral flow self-testing kit collection. These sites will open for PCR testing only from 8am-8pm, seven days a week. 

1 in 3 people who have coronavirus do not have symptoms and are carrying the virus without knowing it, putting friends, family, and loved ones at risk. 

To help stop the spread everyone in Flintshire is being urged to get tested.  The more people who take the test the better we can stop the spread. 

LFD tests are only for use by people who do not have symptoms.  If you have any of the three main COVID-19 symptoms:

  • a new continuous cough;
  • a high temperature;
  • loss of or change to sense of smell or taste;

you should self-isolate immediately for 10 days and book a PCR test online at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.

From Saturday 7 August fully vaccinated adults, under 18s and vaccine trial participants will not need to self-isolate if they are a close contact of someone with coronavirus.  For more information go to Alert Level 0 Frequently Asked Questions https://gov.wales/alert-level-0-frequently-asked-questions

For answers to other questions you may have please see the frequently asked questions below:

I have flu like symptoms should I take a test?

You can now go for a free COVID-19 PCR test if you have a wider range of symptoms. 

These wider symptoms are flu-like symptoms, which are not caused by a known condition such as hay fever, including any or all of:

  • Myalgia (muscle ache or pain);
  • Excessive tiredness;
  • Persistent headache;
  • Runny or blocked nose;
  • Sore throat and / or hoarseness;
  • Shortness of breath or wheezing;
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhoea;
  • Any new or change in symptoms following a previous negative test.

Residents are asked to consider taking a PCR test if they are experiencing any of these wider symptoms and they are new, persistent and/or unusual symptoms for them.

Individuals who take a test because of these other wider symptoms are not required to isolate while they await their test result.  This includes children and school pupils who can continue to attend schools and childcare settings while they await a test result.  However, children and adults with diarrhoea and or vomiting should remain off work or school and not attend childcare settings until they are symptom free for 48 hours even if their COVID-19 test is negative.

For more information about extended symptoms go to Wider symptom testing FAQ - Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (nhs.wales)   

What types of test will be used?

LFD self-testing kits will be used, which can be done at home.   

This helps us identify and isolate more people who could be spreading the virus without knowing.  You can read more about LFD tests here:

https://gov.wales/lateral-flow-testing-people-without-symptoms   

What is the difference between an LFD and a PCR test?

LFDs should only be used if:

  • you have no COVID-19 symptoms

PCR tests should be booked:

  • if you have COVID-19 symptoms 
  • to confirm your positive lateral flow test result
  • to confirm if wider symptoms are COVID-19

For more information about LFDs v PCRs go to: 

https://www.flintshire.gov.uk/en/Resident/Emergency-Planning/Lateral-Flow-Tests-v-PCR-Tests.aspx

For more information about wider symptoms to to:

https://bcuhb.nhs.wales/covid-19/test-trace-protect/testing-broader-covid-19-symptoms/wider-symptom-testing-faq/

Why can't I use an LFD test if I am showing symptoms?

LFDs should only be used when a person is not displaying COVID-19 symptoms.

In no circumstance should they be used as a substitute for a PCR test.

This is because they are not designed to pick up COVID-19 when there are symptoms.  

Who can be tested?

Anyone who is not showing COVID-19 symptoms can be tested.

Many people without symptoms are already doing twice weekly LFD tests at home, such as:

  • volunteers
  • unpaid carers
  • schools
  • people who can't work from home
  • people who are in a workplace testing scheme.

If you are not one of these people, and you do not have symptoms, we would encouarge you to go along to one of the collection points listed above and pick up a kit.

Why should I test?

Rapid tests, or LFDs, are an important way to identify cases of coronavirus we would otherwise not find.

With 1 in 3 people with coronavirus showing no symptoms, and potentially spreading it without knowing, rapid LFDs enable us to find these cases and prevent the spread of the infection.

What about people who are already taking twice weekly rapid LFD tests at home?

We would ask everyone who is already carrying out twice weekly LFD tests at home to continue doing so, and to record their results straight away after doing the test.

Will people be required to take the test before being allowed into their place of work or study?

No it’s optional. No employer or education setting should stop you going to work or study if you don’t want to take the tests. However if you have any coronavirus symptoms you should self-isolate immediately and book a PCR test.

How long does it take to do the test?

It takes less than 15 minutes to do the test.

How long does it take to get the result?

The tests gives you a result in 30 minutes.

When should I do the LFD test?

It is recommended that the tests are taken twice weekly, 3 to 4 days apart.  

For more information about how to take an LFD test go to the Welsh Government website https://gov.wales/lateral-flow-testing-people-without-symptoms

What should I do if my LFD test is positive?

If your LFD test is positive you should log your result here: https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result, self-isolate immediately for 10 days and book a PCR test by calling 119 or online at: 

https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test 

If your PCR test is positive you must continue to self-isolate for the specified isolation period.
 
You will need to follow the self Isolation guidance here:  https://gov.wales/self-isolation

What should I do if I test negative?

If you test negative you should log your result here:
https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result and take another test in 3-4 days. However if during that time you develop coronavirus symptoms you should book a PCR test immediately by calling 119, online or via the NHS COVID-19 app with 24 hours.

How do I record my result?

Whether your test is positive, negative or void you should record every result straight away using the link below:
https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result

What should I do if I have coronavirus symptoms?

Do not take an LFD test if you are experiencing symptoms. 

If you are experiencing any of the main COVID-19 symptoms

  •  a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • loss of or change to sense of smell or taste

self-isolate immediately for 10 days and book a PCR test by calling 119 or online at: 

https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test 

You will need to follow the Self Isolation guidance here:
https://gov.wales/self-isolation

Should I still use an LFD if I’ve had the vaccine

Yes.  It’s important that even those who’ve had the vaccine should use the LFD tests twice a week as they could still carry the virus and pass it on to others.

Should I still use an LFD if I’ve had COVID-19

Anyone that has previously tested positive for COVID-19 via a PCR test should not be tested using a LFD test within a period of 90 days from their initial illness onset or test (if asymptomatic)