Rapid testing for anyone without coronavirus symptoms (also known as Lateral Flow Testing) will launch in Hertfordshire on 20 January 2021.
Published: 18 January 2021
Key and essential workers who cannot work from home during the current government restrictions are being prioritised, and are encouraged to book a rapid test twice a week (every 2-3 days) to help us ensure that essential services are as safe as possible.
Rapid tests are available by appointment only and bookable up to a week in advance on a first come first served basis. You will need to take your booking confirmation email/text to your appointment and have your mobile phone with you (please ensure it is charged). Results are sent by text and email in 45 minutes.
Around one in three people who have coronavirus have no symptoms and can spread the virus to their loved ones without realising. Knowing if you have coronavirus even though you do not have symptoms means that you can protect your family, friends and community by helping to stop the spread of the virus.
Anyone with symptoms cannot have a rapid test and must not go to a rapid test centre – instead they should book a standard coronavirus (PCR) test at www.gov.uk/coronavirus
At present, it is not our intention to routinely supply agencies with their own supplies of test kits or make them available for home-testing – all key and essential workers who are unable to work from home will be able to attend a rapid test centre for a test and should do so twice a week.
To view a list of key and essential workers and book a test, please visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/rapidtest from Monday 18 January 2021.
Please check the website for updates as new test centres will open across Hertfordshire every week.