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Weekly Covid Testing

What is a Rapid Lateral Flow Test?

Rapid Lateral Flow Tests help to find cases in people who may have no symptoms but are still infectious and can give the virus to others.

The test involves using a swap to take a sample from your tonsils (or where they would have been) and from your nose.

You can complete the test at home and get your result in 30 minutes. 

Rapid Lateral Flow Tests are not intended for people who have symptoms. If you have symptoms you need to do a PCR test. Click here to organise your free PCR test

How to get your test

You can pick up your test kit from each of our three centres. These tests are available free of charge to all our staff and learners.

We will record your learner ID, the lot number of your test kit and the expiry date when you collect your test.

We would like to encourage you to do a test before you come on site or at least twice a week.

There are 7 tests in each test kit box.

How to do your test

Please have a look at this video to find out exactly how to do the test.

 

How to report your test

There are two places that you need to report your test results. The first is a WAES form and the second is the government website.

WAES Form

To report your test on the WAES Form either scan the QR code below with the camera on your phone, or click here.

 

 

Government Website

To report your test result on the Government website either scan the QR code below with the camera on your phone, or click here.

 

You will be taken to a webpage that looks like this. Click 'start now' to begin, the process takes about 10 minutes. 

 

You will be asked to either create an account or continue without an account. We recommend you create an account as your information will be automatically saved, so it will be much quicker to login and submit your future test results.

 

 Please select Westminster City Council as your college.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are we doing this?

The Department for Education announced in March that it will start a programme of asymptomatic Covid-19 testing for Adult and Community Learning providers. This applies to staff and learners and follows on from similar testing requirements in schools, FE colleges and nurseries.

The Government has stated that it is crucial that action is taken to break the chains of transmission, by identifying asymptomatic positive Covid cases in the community. Up to one in three people who have the virus do not have symptoms (they are asymptomatic), so could be spreading the disease unknowingly.

From 9 April lateral flow testing kits have become available for everyone, not just those in education.

Is this mandatory?

No, but it is strongly recommended.

How can I get a home testing kit?

You can pick up your test kit from each of our three centres. These tests are available free of charge to all our staff and learners.

How many tests are in each kit?

Each kit contains 7 tests, enough for 3.5 weeks.

When should I do the test?

If you are coming on site, please do a test the day before or the morning you are due in and one other day in the week.

How do I report the results and why do I have to do this twice?

The Government Guidance requests that you record this on the Government website and to your employer as there is no link to employers from Gov.uk.

The links are
National site link: Report a COVID-19 rapid lateral flow test result - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
WAES link: COVID-19 test results register for staff and learners (office.com)

To make this easier all kits that will be given out from 19 April will have a label with this information and a QR code for easy access.

When I record my test result on Gov.uk., WAES does not show up?

Please enter Post Code NW8 8LW and choose Westminster City Council . There is no separate post code for Pimlico or Amberley sites.

I am already doing home testing in a bubble with my children. Do I still need to report the result to WAES?

Yes please so we have a compete record of tests.

What happens if the test is positive?

If you get a positive Lateral Flow test, you must get a confirmatory Polymerase Chain Reaction test (PCR). The PCR test should be booked immediately either online or by calling 119 and should be undertaken within 2 days.

Those who have a positive LFD test result, and their close contacts and other members of their household, should self-isolate immediately in line with NHS Test and Trace guidance and while awaiting the PCR result. If the PCR test is negative, it overrides the LFD test you can return to site, and your close contacts can end their self-isolation.

Do I still need to do testing if I have been vaccinated?

Yes, as it is still a possibility that you could be infected and transmitting Covid to others.

Can I share the tests from WAES with my family?

No these are for your use only, as noted above, there are many ways to get test kits

How long do we need to do this for?

We are following Government guidance and this form of testing is likely to be in place for some time.

Has anything else changed?

No and it is important to remember all the other safeguards – social distancing, wearing a face covering and hand hygiene need to continue to be followed until the Government Guidance changes.

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