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Lateral Flow Testing (LFT)

This page was last updated on 3 May 2022

  • We continue to encourage people to test if they have symptoms, are a contact of a positive case or visiting vulnerable people, this will help keep our community safe.
  • There is no need for daily general surveillance testing for members of the community, so we would ask individuals and businesses to take a proportionate approach to the use of LFTs.

 

Latest updates

From 1 May 2022:

Islanders must continue to LFT if they have symptoms, if you are a health and care worker and a household contact of a positive case, or if visiting someone in hospital or in a Care Home.

Read more at: Media release - 29 April 2022 - Further de-escalation of island’s COVID-19 measures.pdf (gov.gg)

Where can I get an LFT pack?

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

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

 

Collect

In Guernsey, 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  

In Alderney, LFTs are available from the Welcome Team at the Harbour on Monday-Friday from 9:00am - 10:30am and 1:30pm - 2:30pm and from the Charity Shop in town.

 

Postal delivery

Anyone not able to collect a pack in person can ask a friend or family member to collect one for them. If this is not possible, they can contact the non-clinical line on 01481 220001 option 2 to request a postal delivery. Delivery is approximately 3-5 business days, so please bear with us.

When should I take an LFT?

We encourage everyone (aged 12 and over) to use LFTs in the following situations:

  • If you're symptomatic (if the first test is negative, please repeat after 24 hours).
  • If you're the household contact of a positive case (please LFT for seven days). Non-household contacts do not need to test unless symptomatic.
  • Prior to visiting a person included in the Clinically Extremely Vulnerable Group which includes:
    • People with depressed immunity due to things like leukaemia, transplants, AIDs;
    • People taking drugs or radiotherapy which suppress their immunity, such as cancer treatments or after receiving a transplant;
    • People on high-dose steroids or other drugs which suppress immunity.
      Further information about who is considered to have a severely weakened immune system is available here.
  • Prior to visiting certain settings where spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 may have high consequences which includes:
    • A hospital setting
    • A Care or Residential Home
    • The Prison

I have had a positive Lateral Flow Test (LFT)

If you receive a positive LFT please notify the States of Guernsey via either the clinical helpline (01481 220001 or 01481 220002) or the online form at https://www.gov.gg/covidnotification

Read more hereI 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

COVID-19 contacts

COVID-19 Helpline

  • If you have a  positive LFT, you must immediately notify the States of Guernsey via the online form at https://www.gov.gg/covidnotification or by calling the clinical helpline.

Option 1 - Clinical helpline available 09.00-16.00 weekdays, 10.00-12.00 Saturdays and closed Sundays

Option 2 - Non-clinical helpline available 09.00-16.00 weekdays

Email inbox monitored Monday to Friday 09:00-17:00

Please send clinical questions to publichealth@gov.gg  all non-clinical questions to covid19enquiries@gov.gg