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Guildford symptom-free test site opens

Today, 21st April 2021, a new walk-in symptom-free testing site is opening in Guildford, adding to test sites and pharmacies providing symptom-free testing across the county.

Twice-weekly symptom-free testing is a key part of the Government’s roadmap, helping to stop the virus spreading as restrictions ease. It also means that Surrey residents can keep their friends and families safe from infection as they start to meet up within the guidelines.

The address for the site is Guildford Borough Council, Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford GU2 4BB and the opening hours are 8am to 7.30pm.

There are a number of convenient and easy ways for residents to access self-test kits. These include on-site testing, collecting them, or ordering them for home delivery.

Residents are encouraged to visit www.surreycc.gov.uk/symptomfreecovidtesting to find the most convenient way to access tests, as regular testing becomes a new habit for us all.

Self-test kits can also be ordered for home-delivery from the .GOV.UK website.

Ruth Hutchinson, Surrey’s Director of Public Health said:

“As we start to return to a more normal way of life, we still need to play our part to keep our friends, families and colleagues safe. The vaccination programme gives us long term hope for the future, but it will still be months before everyone is protected. Regular symptom-free testing should start to become a way of life – to give us all the peace of mind that we are not spreading the virus to the people around us.”

People who have access to symptom-free testing through their workplace or place of study should continue to access testing through that route.

Anyone with one or more of these symptoms – a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to sense of smell or taste – should book a test at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.

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Notes to Editors:

  • Visit www.surreycc.gov.uk/symptomfreecovidtesting for all asymptomatic testing options
  • Lateral flow devices (LFDs) – or rapid tests – used by the UK government go through a rigorous evaluation by the country’s leading scientists.
  • LFDs detect cases with high levels of virus, making them effective in finding individuals who are the most likely to transmit the disease, including those not showing symptoms.
  • Extensive clinical evaluation from Public Health England and the University of Oxford show lateral flow tests are specific and sensitive enough to be deployed for mass testing, including for asymptomatic people. The Oxford University and Public Health evaluation is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/oxford-university-and-phe-confirm-high-sensitivity-of-lateral-flow-tests

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