Community testing: Getting a test if you have no symptoms
We (Braintree District Council) are supporting the overall testing capacity for the District by distributing PCR testing kits from Wednesday 6 January 2021.
The programme’s aim is to help prevent and reduce transmission in the community through increasing the testing capacity and giving people who are asymptomatic (someone who doesn’t have symptoms) an opportunity to be tested.
Around 1 in 3 people who have coronavirus have no symptoms so could be spreading the virus without knowing, so this testing is designed to identify these people and make sure they self-isolate.
Community testing means anyone can get a test and play their part in keeping others safe.
Who is eligible for community testing?
Anyone who lives or works in the Braintree district can get a test. Priority groups are people who are working in workplaces rather than at home, and/or those who can’t work from home. 11 to 18 year olds and their families are also one group we would encourage getting a test.
The tests can be collected from Causeway House, Bocking End, Braintree CM7 9HB.
The community test site for people to pick up a PCR home testing kit will be available until Thursday 28 January 2021, or until our available stocks last.
You can pick up a home testing kit from the site (open 9am-4pm Monday to Friday), do your test at home, register it online and then return the kit back to the drop off point as soon as possible.
If we run out of stock earlier than 28 January, we will update this page and our social media channels.
From 28 January, the site will operate as a drop off only facility for residents to return their completed tests, until the deadline of 12pm on Thursday 4 February 2021. Any outstanding tests not returned after this date will need to be posted back using the label in the test kit (via a priority post box).
The test involves a swab from the nose and mouth, which is done by you at home, then will need to be dropped back off at Causeway House via the drop box. No physical interaction will be required when dropping off the test.
They will then couriered to a lab from Monday to Thursday for analysis.
Please be aware that the test cannot be carried out on site, and must be taken away to ensure that we can manage the process safely and support as many of our residents as possible.
You do not need to book an appointment, just turn up on the opening days and times below.
People should take only one test each for themselves, and/or members of their immediate family.
Please follow the instructions within the test kit on how to register your test online and how to package once the test is done. Anyone who does not register will not receive their test results.
For people who do not have access to the internet and want to get tested, a carer or family member in a support bubble is able to register on their behalf, visit a testing centre or call NHS111 to discuss what options are available to them.
Please do not attend this site if you have any coronavirus symptoms or have been asked to isolate. If this is the case, refer to the advice on what to do if you have symptoms.
We have limited stock of the kits so will be available on a first come, first served basis.
What to do if you have symptoms
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a high temperature
- a new continuous cough
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
Check your symptoms via the NHS 111 service and follow their instructions.
You should not have a test if you have previously tested positive via a PCR test in the last 12 weeks, as this can give a false result.
Getting your results
The tests are PCR tests, which need to be sent away to a laboratory for analysis.
Information should be included within the postal kit and is usually within 24 hours of the lab receiving the test, but it may take up to 3 days. Results will be by email and text to the number provided when registering the test online.
Opening days and times
- Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm
Lateral flow tests
We now welcome the arrival our new rapid testing centre, which Essex County Council has opened in Witham for those who live in the Braintree district.
This will enable those who do not have symptoms of Covid-19, to get faster results for their tests (in approx. 30 minutes).
Please visit the Essex County Council website to book your test and for more details.
We particularly encourage residents who are unable to work from home to get tested, especially if they work somewhere where they come into contact with other people.