Wakefield families and support bubbles offered regular testing - here's where you can pick up a testing kit

Families, childcare and support bubbles of school age children are now eligible for regular, rapid testing to help stop the spread of Covid in Wakefield.

Friday, 19th March 2021, 3:17 pm

Residents can either attend one of the community test sites regularly, or collect packs of home test kits for families to use at home.

Wakefield is one of the first authorities to launch the ‘Community Collect’ programme, which means families can collect kits from a wider range of test sites and community venues.

Families can also order one pack of kits a week for home delivery through the Government website. Availability of online ordering is limited and families are asked to collect if they can, or if they have a large household and need more than one pack.

Wakefield is one of the first authorities to launch the ‘Community Collect’ programme, which means families can collect kits from a wider range of test sites and community venues.

Coun Faith Heptinstall, Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Adults, Health and Wellbeing, said: "It’s positive that schools have been able to re-open safely to all pupils, as a return to face to face learning for all means that our children are better able to learn, develop and grow.

“However, rates of Covid-19 in the Wakefield district are still high. Families and support bubbles of school age children are encouraged to take up the testing offer, to help reduce transmission and keep schools open.”

If a family member is experiencing symptoms, even if their regular rapid tests have been negative, they must isolate and get a PCR test: https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.

Anna Hartley, Director of Public Health for the Wakefield district, said: “We’re glad that schools have been able to welcome all children back, with a range of protective measures in place to reduce infection risk.

“The community testing programme for households with school age children is a vital part of schools re-opening, as it means that if someone in a family tests positive, they can quickly isolate and avoid spreading the virus to friends, family and other children in school.

“This will help to control the spread of COVID-19 in Wakefield, reduce outbreaks and ‘burst bubbles’ in schools.”

Test kits can be collected from the following sites:

*Wakefield Market Hall community testing site (open 7 days a week)

*Holywell Lane community testing site, Castleford (open 7 days a week)

*Kinsley and Fitzwilliam community testing site (open Tues, Thurs and Sat mornings and Wednesday and Friday afternoons)

*South Elmsall Library during opening hours

*Hemsworth Library during opening hours

*Pontefract Library during opening hours

*Wakefield Waterfront PCR test site 1 -7 pm daily

*Former Castleford Swimming Pool PCR 1 – 7pm daily

Families are strongly advised to book a ‘click and collect’ appointment to control queues and ensure visits are as short as possible.

To book a click and collect appointment, visit http://wakefieldcommunitycollect.eventbrite.com/For the most up to date information about available sites and opening hours please go to: Find a test centre (test-and-trace.nhs.uk)For more information, and how to order online, please go to: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/rapid-lateral-flow-testing-for-households-and-bubbles-of-school-pupils-and-staff