Approximately 1 in 3 people who have coronavirus have no symptoms and could be spreading it without realising it. Bristol City Council have identified critical occupational groups within high exposure settings, and are inviting all staff working in Bristol Shopping Quarter, which includes the Broadmead BID area, to take part in repeat lateral flow (rapid) testing, twice every week.
The Rapid Testing Centre is located 17-18 Wellington Road, Bristol BS2 9DA (the old Nisbets building), just near Broadmead. In order to have a test at this site, you will need to make a booking for yourself, through the online booking system HERE.
You will not be able to have a test unless you have made a booking.
The site operates 7 days a week, Monday to Friday: 09:00 to 20:00, Saturday and Sunday: 09:00 to 17:00.
How does it work?
Lateral flow tests are a new technology, which:
• Are for people who do not have symptoms of COVID-19
• Do not require a lab for processing results
• Produce results in under an hour
• Require a swab of the nose or throat (via self-swab, but processed by trained personnel)
If you feel unwell or have symptoms of COVID-19, you must book a test through the NHS system.
A negative result is not a reliable indicator and could be a false result. This is why you are asked to commit to repeat testing, twice a week. It is vital that behaviours do not change or that you drop your guard in taking steps to prevent you and your colleagues from contracting COVID-19.
A positive test result means that you are highly infectious for COVID-19. Anyone who tests positive with a rapid test will be required to follow government guidelines, self-isolate with their household and get a confirmatory PCR test. If you do test positive and have to self-isolate, you may wish to visit Bristol City Council’s webpage for further advice and information on the financial support available.