Wandsworth To Take Part in Mass Testing Trial

Given government funding for locally-led quick turnaround test

Wandsworth To Get Permanent Covid-19 Testing Centre
Picture: Twitter

Wandsworth is among a number of boroughs across the country to be selected to participate in a trial of a new rapid turnaround mass-testing system for people who are vulnerable to Covid-19.

Following an initial trial in Liverpool, the Government announced this week that a number of selected councils will each receive 10,000 rapid-turnaround ‘lateral flow tests’. This initial batch will then be followed up with a weekly allocation.

This is part of the Government’s roll-out of mass testing for the virus amongst targeted groups of people who maybe asymptomatic rather than just people displaying common coronavirus symptoms. Asymptomatic refers to when healthy individuals who are infected do not display symptoms.

The aim is to increase weekly testing of people in priority and high-risk groups, such as older people or residents who find it hard to access testing in the usual way. Results can be available in an hour or less using this new type of test.

Wandsworth will communicate the new system widely once details are finalised.

Cllr Clare Salier, cabinet member for adult social care and health, said “This new system will enable us to rapidly target people who need the test most and will make the test and trace system much more responsive and robust.

“We will be able to quickly identify people who need to self-isolate, helping to stop the spread of infection, and can offer support where necessary.”

The council is now in discussion with the Department of Health to understand how these tests will be rolled out and which vulnerable groups will be targeted.

Local organisations will be contacted directly when the council has clarity on the local approach. Residents are asked not to approach the local authority directly with requests to access testing through this programme. Further details of the rapid testing system will be published on wandsworth.gov.uk when they are available.

The new rapid testing is part of the Government's overall testing strategy. Testing for people who are experiencing symptoms of Covid will continue to be provided in the usual way with Sessions available this week in Wandsworth on November 13, 14 and 17.

Like Reading Articles Like This? Help Us Produce More

This site remains committed to providing local community news and public interest journalism.

Articles such as the one above are integral to what we do. We aim to feature as much as possible on local societies, charities based in the area, fundraising efforts by residents, community-based initiatives and even helping people find missing pets.

We've always done that and won't be changing, in fact we'd like to do more.

However, the readership that these stories generates is often below that needed to cover the cost of producing them. Our financial resources are limited and the local media environment is intensely competitive so there is a constraint on what we can do.

We are therefore asking our readers to consider offering financial support to these efforts. Any money given will help support community and public interest news and the expansion of our coverage in this area.

A suggested monthly payment is £8 but we would be grateful for any amount for instance if you think this site offers the equivalent value of a subscription to a daily printed newspaper you may wish to consider £20 per month. If neither of these amounts is suitable for you then contact info@neighbournet.com and we can set up an alternative. All payments are made through a secure web site.

One-off donations are also appreciated. Choose The Amount You Wish To Contribute.

If you do support us in this way we'd be interested to hear what kind of articles you would like to see more of on the site – send your suggestions to the editor.

For businesses we offer the chance to be a corporate sponsor of community content on the site. For £30 plus VAT per month you will be the designated sponsor of at least one article a month with your logo appearing if supplied. If there is a specific community group or initiative you'd like to support we can make sure your sponsorship is featured on related content for a one off payment of £50 plus VAT. All payments are made through a secure web site.

November 13, 2020