Residents can now get free rapid result COVID-19 tests at community pharmacies in Stoke-on-Trent from Monday (22 February).
Stoke-on-Trent City Council has teamed up with Central Health Solutions Ltd, which is responsible for supporting community pharmacies in Stoke-on-Trent, to provide lateral flow testing in 20 pharmacies. The testing will be available from Monday (22 February), and bookings can be made from tomorrow (Thursday), via www.1centralhealth.co.uk/stokelft.
As long as residents have no symptoms of coronavirus, they can access a COVID-19 lateral flow test by making an appointment at a community pharmacy in the area they live or work in. The service is for everyone over the age of 11.
This comes as there are now 15 community testing venues open across the city, with further to open next week. Walk-ins are now welcome at each individual site - to secure a slot, booking on our website is still recommended.
Council leader Abi Brown said: “It is fantastic that residents will now be able to get a test at community pharmacies. We want to do everything we can to ensure testing is accessible to all and pharmacies offering testing are helping us do this.
“If you are leaving your house to go to work, to visit the supermarket or to see somebody in your support or childcare bubble, book a test regularly for peace of mind.”
Clinical Director Bruce Prentice, clinical director at Central Health Solution Ltd said: “We are hopeful that offering testing at community pharmacies will further benefit Stoke-on-Trent residents and complement the existing services on offer in the city. We are looking forward to the community pharmacy network stepping up and delivering this important screening to support the council’s aim of protecting lives and supporting the NHS.”
Michelle Dyoss, Public Health Specialist at Central Health Solution Ltd added: "One in three people with COVID-19 have no symptoms therefore lateral flow tests for COVID-19 are proving vital in breaking the chain of infection. You can have COVID-19 and not even know. Even if you're feeling fine, it's important to get tested at least once a week, especially if you are not able to work from home. Every time you go for a test, you're helping to protect your family, friends and those around you. "
Dr Paul Edmondson-Jones, director of adult social care, health integration and wellbeing, said: “We have worked hard to bring rapid result testing to as many local communities as possible, to make it quick and accessible for people to be tested. Only 2210 tests were done last week – that’s less than 1% of our population but at least 60% of people were out and about.
“We have 15,000 appointments available this week; there is no excuse to not get tested. There is plenty of capacity; we have time slots early mornings, evenings, seven days a week. Testing has a vitally important role in the easing of lockdown measures, deliberately not getting tested does not mean you are helping lockdown to end quicker, it is in fact the opposite.”
For the latest information on council services and support during the coronavirus, and frequently asked questions, please visit www.stoke.gov.uk/coronavirus. For latest health advice on the coronavirus, please visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus, and for further information on the virus visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus.
All residents are reminded about the critical importance of regular handwashing with soap and hot water for 20 seconds. The significance of this action cannot be underestimated. If residents have symptoms, please get tested. All residents must continue to follow the guidance of wash hands, cover face and make space.
For more information on digital services, visit www.stoke.gov.uk, download the MyStoke App, or follow the city council’s social media channels.
Pharmacies offering tests are:
- Abbey Hulton – Miltons Chemist and Lloyds
- Milton – Milton Pharmacy
- Blurton – Blurton Pharmacy
- Chell – Birchill & Watson
- Burslemc– Middleport Pharmacy, Burlsem Pharmacy and Lloyds
- Stoke – Miltons Chemist and Lloyds (inside Sainsbury’s)
- Dresden – Millers Chemist
- Fenton – Lloyds
- Hanley – Lloyds and Derby Street Pharmacy
- Longton – Meir Hay Pharmacy
- Meir – Weston Road Pharmacy
- Hartshill – Hartshill Pharmacy
- Packmoor – Packmoor Pharmacy
- Shelton – Lloyds and Norfolk Street Pharmacy
Community testing for the asymptomatic and those with mild symptoms in Stoke-on-Trent Residents are able to book tests up to seven days in advance via the city council’s website www.stoke.gov.uk/bookacovid19test.
If you have one or more of the following symptoms then you are not eligible for lateral flow testing and should instead book a test through https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test, or by calling 119:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
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