New rapid covid testing centre opens in St Anns Shopping Centre

(Credit: Harrow BID)

A brand new covid testing centre in Harrow will be used exclusively to test people without symptoms, and will offer a result in approximately 30 minutes.

The new centre is open in St Anns Shopping Centre in Harrow Town Centre at the former H&M site. It’s thought 1 in 3 people with coronavirus do not display symptoms, but can still pass it on to others.

The new rapid covid testing is fast, free and easy to do, with a result texted or emailed within 30 mins. Those taking the test must be aged 16 or over.

The new rapid testing centre is open at the former H&M store in St Ann’s. (Credit: Harrow BID)

To help locate the asymptomatic residents, Harrow Council have introduced testing for people who are not showing any symptoms of coronavirus. 

Please do not attend without an appointment. Please only arrive at your booked time slot. To book a test visit: https://bit.ly/3niZuMm

There is currently a very high Coronavirus (COVID) infection rate in the Harrow area with some residents having COVID without knowing it, because they do not show or feel any symptoms.

You can book tests for rapid covid testing now. (Credit: Harrow BID)

Also known as a Lateral Flow Test (LFT), Rapid COVID testing gives a positive or negative COVID result in approximately 30-40 minutes. This will drastically help break the chain of infection.

How do I get a test in the town centre?

Book a slot at harrow.gov.uk/test. Further sites will soon open across the borough to join the one in St Anns.

Go to your appointment at the time of your booking – don’t forget your face mask! The test is easy – you will be asked to take a swab from your throat and nose. It doesn’t hurt and there’ll be help on hand if you need it.

The test takes minutes, with a result sent your phone or email address in half an hour.

Make testing a regular habit – if you frequently leave your home for shopping or work, for childcare or another permitted reason, you’re likely to be at greater risk – get a test every week.

What happens if I test positive?

If you test positive you should immediately go home and self-isolate, so you can’t pass Covid on to anyone else. Everyone you live with should also self-isolate.

(Credit: Harrow Council)

You will need to confirm your result by taking another test. You should book this second test by visiting www.nhs.uk or calling 119.

Testing is one of the tools that will help us to defeat Covid and get back to a more normal life.

With cases soaring, Harrow faces an unprecedented challenge. Please do your bit by following the lockdown rules and regularly getting a Covid test.

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(Source: Harrow Council)