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Lateral Flow Testing (LFT)

This page was last updated on 12 January 2022

Islanders (aged 12 and over) are urged to step up vigilance and take further precautions including regular Lateral Flow Testing. We recommend testing yourself twice a week, this will help keep our community safe and stop the spread of the virus. 

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.

 

Order online

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 use this form: Request for LFT delivery (office.com) to arrange a delivery. Delivery is approximately 3-5 business days, so please bear with us.

 

When to take an LFT?

During the winter months, Islanders are urged to step up vigilance and take further precautions including regular Lateral Flow Testing. Free kits are being provided, and we encourage everyone (aged 12 and over) 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
  • Before attending any health and care facility e.g. the CVC, the PEH campus, any GP practice or nursing/residential care home. This guidance also extends to Alderney.
  • 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.   

 

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)

From Monday 27 December 2021, anyone receiving a positive LFT result:

  • You must immediately 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
  • You will receive confirmation that you must now self-isolate for 10 days, with a reduction in self-isolation if you are symptom-free and test LFT negative on days 6 and 7. This confirmation will include all the necessary legal requirements and advice, including the steps that must be followed if you are able to release yourself from isolation after day 7.
  • PCR tests will no longer be used to confirm positive cases where a positive LFT exists.
  • You will be asked to notify close contacts that they are requested to take an LFT daily for 10 days, while also limiting their social contacts during this time. 

If you are symptomatic and have a negative LFT then please contact the clinical helpline on (01481 220001 or 01481 220002) or complete the online form at https://www.gov.gg/covidnotification, as you may still be referred for a PCR test depending on your symptoms.
 

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)

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