COVID-19 community testing for eligible workers to launch across Hampshire

17 February 2021

Hampshire County Council is preparing to introduce rapid community testing for eligible residents without coronavirus symptoms from next week.

Subject to government approval, 11 community testing sites will begin operation across the county during the week commencing 22 February.

In the New Forest, the proposed site is Totton health and leisure centre.

The appointment-only scheme, which will run for six weeks and is being delivered by the County Council in partnership with the Department of Health and Social Care and local district councils, is aimed at Hampshire residents who travel regularly outside their home for work and who are not covered by an existing workplace testing scheme.

How rapid asymptomatic testing will work:

  • tests will be booked online 24 hours in advance and appointments should take no more than 30 minutes. 
  • you will be asked not to eat anything for 30 minutes prior to your test.
  • you will take a lateral flow test, which involves a self-administered swab of the nose and throat, under the guidance of trained staff.
  • results will be confirmed after leaving the testing site by text message sent direct to your mobile (or to a nominated mobile phone belonging to a family member or friend, if you do not have your own).
  • you will be invited to return for testing every three to five days throughout the six-week programme.
  • anyone receiving a positive test result will not need to book a follow-up test but will need to follow self-isolation guidance on the NHS website.

For more information, visit Hampshire County Council's website.

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