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Lateral Flow Testing (LFT)

This page was last updated on 30 November 2021.

PCR testing ‘drop-in’ sessions specifically for anyone who has tested positive on a Lateral Flow Device and is aged 12 or over. at East Arm (22 November - 10 December)

Opening times:

08.30am - 10.15am Monday to Friday

 

More info: Getting Tested | States of Guernsey - COVID-19 (gov.gg)

Where can I get an LFT pack?

Free Lateral Flow Test kits are available for all Islanders to collect. 

To help manage the island’s supplies of LFT packs islanders should only collect packs if their household has no current supply or is running low. It is very important that islanders do not stockpile LFT packs.

Anyone not able to collect a pack in person can ask a friend or family member to collect one for them. If this is also not possible, they can contact lateralflowqueries@gov.gg or call the non-clinical helpline on 01481 717118 to arrange a delivery. Delivery is approximately 3-5 business days, so please bear with us.

The kits are available to collect from The Guernsey Information Centre, North Esplanade, St Peter Port, at the following times:

Tuesdays and Thursdays 

  9:00am - 3:00pm

Saturday

  10:00am - 2:00pm  

 

When to take an LFT?

As we head into winter, Islanders are urged to step up vigilance and take further precautions including regular Lateral Flow Testing. Free kits are being provided, and we encourage you to use them:

• To regularly test themselves to check if they have the virus - it is recommended they take two tests per week, every week.

• Before attending an event or meeting in a crowded or poorly ventilated place, or somewhere where social distancing or the wearing of a mask is not possible or practical;

• If they are asked to do so by the Contract Tracing Team as they have been identified as a contact of a case;

• Before visiting a vulnerable person, for example someone living in a Care and Residential Home;

• If asked to do so by Public Health Services or a Health or Care provider.

 

We recommend testing yourself twice a week, every 3 to 4 days – for example, every Monday and Thursday or Wednesday and Sunday. If you are attending an event or gathering, plan to take one of your weekly tests before this, this will help keep our community safe and stop the spread of the virus.   

If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, do not take a LFT. You must stay home, contact your line manager and contact the Clinical Helpline on 01481 220001 or 01481 220002.

 

For more info and the most frequently asked questions about LFTs please go to: Lateral Flow Test (LFT) packs - Frequently Asked Questions | States of Guernsey - COVID-19 (gov.gg)

I have had a positive Lateral Flow Test (LFT)

If you have had a positive result from an LFT then you need to have a PCR test. You can either attend a PCR testing ‘drop-in’ sessions at East Arm (22 November - 10 December, 08.30am - 10.15am Monday to Friday ) or phone the Clinical Helpline on 220001 or 220002  to book in for a PCR test. You need to stay at home until you have the result of this test. If the LFT is for a child, please notify the child’s school or childcare setting. Other people in your household do not need to stay home at this stage.

If your PCR test is negative you can return to your normal activities but, if you feel unwell, we will recommend that you stay at home.

If your PCR test confirms you are positive for COVID-19 you will need to stay in isolation for 10 days from when you first test positive, and you will be contacted by Public Health Services. 

You will receive a letter from Public Health services regarding your positive COVID-19 result.  This will confirm the date when you will be considered recovered and can leave your self-isolation. 

You do not need to undergo any additional COVID-19 tests and do not need a negative test to leave isolation. However, you do need to have had no symptoms for 48 hours. This does not include a persistent cough and/or loss of smell or taste as these can persist after you are no longer infectious.

Read more here: I am a positive case | States of Guernsey - COVID-19 (gov.gg)

 

Lateral Flow Testing step-by-step guides

Easy read guide for explaining self-testing to children

For the latest education gudance please go to: Education guidance | States of Guernsey - COVID-19 (gov.gg)

Lateral Flow Testing step-by-step video guides

Lateral Flow Testing – Surescreen

Lateral Flow Testing – Siemens

Lateral Flow Testing – Hughes

Lateral Flow Testing – Innova

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