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Rapid Testing Offered to the South Gloucestershire Community

South Gloucestershire Council

News Release

Rapid Testing Offered to the South Gloucestershire Community

Groups of South Gloucestershire residents will be able to get rapid Covid-19 tests from next week as the council extends its community testing. 

Anyone living or working in South Gloucestershire will be able to get access to the tests with critical workers and volunteers in roles which bring them into contact with the community being prioritised with the offer of weekly slots.  

The aim is to offer this opportunity to those who cannot work from home in the current lockdown as they deliver key services like childcare, transport, essential shopping, and looking after vulnerable people. 

Rapid Testing (also known as community testing) to find residents who have Covid-19 who are not symptomatic is helpful as those people can then isolate and prevent the virus from spreading. 

The first testing site will launch at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre on Monday (18 January). It will initially be open five days a week from 9am-5pm for pre-booked appointments only. Slots can be booked now at Book a rapid flow test – for people without coronavirus symptoms | BETA – South Gloucestershire Council (southglos.gov.uk). A second site is expected to open in Kingswood the following week and the sites will be moved around the district over the course of the programme. 

The test, which uses a sample of saliva to look for signs of Covid-19, returns results within an hour. 

South Gloucestershire Council Cabinet Member for Adults and Housing, Councillor Ben Stokes, said: “Rapid Testing is another important tool that will help us in our efforts to counter the coronavirus. In every case where we can identify someone who is infected and make sure they self-isolate, we are helping to break the chain of transmission. 

“The Lockdown will be crucial in helping to stop the spread, but we all rely on critical workers who have to be out in the community during lockdown to provide the services we all need and so I hope they will take up this offer for testing. Around one in three people who are infected with Covid have no symptoms, and so for every case we can intercept in this way, we reduce the risk of people inadvertently spreading the infection. 

 

“It is important to remember that the way we can all help control the spread is to act like we are infected with Covid and everyone, even those who receive a negative result must continue to follow Hands Face Space, follow the Lockdown rules and limit their contact with others.”

 

Critical workers not already part of national testing programmes include health and social care staff, early years and nursery workers, funeral directors, crematorium and cemetery staff, bus and taxi drivers, staff in essential shops.

Local residents in the areas within which we set up testing facilities are also encouraged to take up the offer of Rapid Testing. Further testing facilities will be established in other parts of the district in the coming weeks.

Anyone who tests positive using a rapid test must isolate immediately and take a further, confirmatory, ‘PCR’ test to confirm the result. They will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace. Information about financial and practical support available for anyone who needs to self-isolate is available at Coronavirus (Covid-19) | BETA – South Gloucestershire Council (southglos.gov.uk).

Anyone who gets a negative result must continue to follow the national guidelines and go out only when it is essential, or to exercise once a day. Wash their hands, wear a face covering if they can, and stay at least 2 metres away from anyone not in their household or support bubble. 

South Gloucestershire Director of Public Health, Sara Blackmore, said: “Anyone can spread the virus without having symptoms, which is why this new testing programme is an important new tool for us to identify people who may have the illness without knowing. With additional information we can take additional steps to help keep South Gloucestershire safe.”

South Gloucestershire Rapid Testing is for people aged 16 and over. Younger people should be able to access tests through the national schools programme, which is currently being established. 

Rapid testing is different from the tests already available to anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus. People with these symptoms – a new continuous cough, loss of or change in sense of taste or smell, or a high temperature – should continue to self-isolate and book a Covid-19 test at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119. Testing for those with symptoms is available to everyone now and anyone who has symptoms should get tested. 

 

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Children’s Mental Health Week (1st-7th Feb 2021)

 

 

 

The mental health of children and young people has been affected more than ever over the past year, with the impact of the pandemic on top of the usual pressures they face. To help raise awareness of Children and Young People’s Mental Health we are hosting a webinar series that will launch during Children’s Mental Health Week (1st-7th Feb 2021) and continue throughout February 2021. If you are based in South Glos, work with children and young people, are a parent/carer, or a young person there are webinars for everyone! So please take a look at the fantastic rage of sessions on offer and book your place.

All sessions are FREE

Please share with professionals, parents/carers, and young people working and living in South Glos

Webinar Presenters Include:

Nova Associates

Jigsaw Thornbury

Barnardo’s

OTR

South Glos Parents and Carers

Creative Youth Network

Attention Seekers

Kooth

Diversity Trust

Westport

Ace Wellbeing

Public Health Mental Health and Wellbeing Team

Local Schools

CAMHS

For more information and to book: Webinar Series | Mind you (southglos.gov.uk)

We look forward to seeing you there but if you have any questions please contact the Public Health Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Team at MentalHealth@southglos.gov.uk

Community Testing Programme For South Gloucestershire in the New Year

 

South Gloucestershire Council News Release

Community Testing Programme For South Gloucestershire in the New Year

A statement issued on behalf of Councillor Ben Stokes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Adults and Housing at South Gloucestershire Council:

“We welcome the Government announcement that South Gloucestershire will be able to undertake more community testing to identify Covid amongst asymptomatic residents in the new year. We know that up to one in three can actually have Covid, but do not show any symptoms, which is why Lateral Flow Testing (LFT) is a useful tool for us to help understand where the disease is in the community and where it may be being carried and potentially spread without people knowing they are at additional risk.

“This new programme, which was open to Tier 3 areas to apply for, will run from around the middle of January for a period of six weeks, it will seek to identify those that are unknowingly carrying the virus and would not otherwise have been identified. The new programme is likely to be deployed into specific areas of South Gloucestershire where incidence levels are highest.

“When we can identify cases, we can step in to support individuals to self-isolate, which helps to break the chain of transmission.

“In addition to this, we have already begun our first community testing pilot, for staff and students at SGS College in Stoke Gifford, as part of our wider LFT work. Lessons learned from the pilot will be used to help schools plan for the potential wider schools testing programme announced last week by the DfE to optionally come into effect in the new year.”  

 

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