Council launches click and collect home test kit service

Woman taking a lateral flow test

To coincide with the easing of government restrictions, Cheshire East Council is now offering a click and collection service at five of its asymptomatic (for those people without Covid-19 symptoms) testing sites.

Residents can now visit testing sites in Macclesfield, Prestbury, Sandbach, Congleton and Middlewich to collect pre-booked lateral flow tests (LFT) to undertake at home.

The existing Cheshire East Community Test Sites Appointment System now offers an option to collect 7 or 14 LFT kits to take at home, following the expansion of the Community Testing programme and to increase the supply of self-test kits. Click and collect home LFT kits are available up to 14 days in advance, where slots are available.

Dr Matt Tyrer, Cheshire East Council's director of public health, said: "Offering a click and collect service at our testing centres is another part of our collective effort to reduce the amount of people unknowingly spreading the virus.

"As government restrictions ease, the council is continuing to focus on offering more ways for Cheshire East council residents to access free and regular rapid lateral flow testing at locations throughout the borough."

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Simon Worthington
Thursday 22nd April 2021 at 8:20 am
So our oh-so efficient council spreads it's tentacles into yet more of our lives and at OUR expense.
Dear Dr. Tyrer, (recipient of large amounts of tax payers funds) please supply a copy of the peer reviewed evidence that leads you to say
"to reduce the amount of people unknowingly spreading the virus".
In other words the proof you have that asymptomatic people spread the virus. The world awaits!!!
Regards.
Alan Brough
Thursday 22nd April 2021 at 11:22 am
Hi Simon,

I'm not Dr Tyrer (obv) and don't get lots of taxpayers money but my extensive research (30 seconds on the t'internet) found this from the World Health Authority....

"Can people without symptoms transmit the virus?

Yes, infected people can transmit the virus both when they have symptoms and when they don’t have symptoms. This is why it is important that all people who are infected are identified by testing, isolated, and, depending on the severity of their disease, receive medical care. Even people confirmed to have COVID-19 but who do not have symptoms should be isolated to limit their contact with others. These measures break chains of transmission."

Hope this helps.
Jerry Dixon
Thursday 22nd April 2021 at 2:21 pm
Alan, depends where you choose to look on t'internet. HM Government's whole groupthink [as well as their horrifying expenditure on testing people with no symptoms] is predicated on unproven concepts such as asymptomatic transmission. There are however many acknowledged experts who reject asymptomatic transmission as a factor, and do so based on the absence of any evidence to support the concept. Here is a short analysis in the BMJ: https://www.bmj.com/content/371/bmj.m4436/rr-10
And a deeper analysis here which concluded: "The detection rate of asymptomatic positive cases was very low, and there was no evidence of transmission from asymptomatic positive persons to traced close contacts."
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-020-19802-w
Simon Worthington
Thursday 22nd April 2021 at 7:37 pm
Alan. It’s called the World Health ORGANISATION. 30 seconds well spent. In China’s pocket.
Thanks Jerry. I’m up against the Branch Covidians constantly.
I see no medical qualifications from my last advisor, Vince the mask man. Also suitably debunked by 30 or more peer reviewed papers.

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