All residents in Walsall can now access free, twice-weekly symptom-free COVID-19 testing. The offer is part of a national scheme announced by the government.
Symptom-free tests, or rapid lateral flow tests, help to identify cases of COVID-19 we would not otherwise find. With 1 in 3 people who test positive for COVID-19 showing no symptoms and potentially spreading it without knowing, symptom-free testing enables us to find these cases and prevent the spread of infection.
The tests are easy to use and can provide results in 30 minutes, so those who test positive can self-isolate immediately and avoid passing the virus on to others.
People with symptoms should self-isolate and book an NHS PCR test online or by calling 119. You should not attempt a symptom-free test.
The importance of regular symptom-free COVID-19 testing and reporting results to the NHS
A message from Walsall Director of Public Health Stephen Gunther.
Information and a list of FAQs about symptom-free testing for all residents in Walsall is available below.