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Lateral flow testing

All staff can now take part in our lateral flow testing programme. This is part of the national government testing scheme.

About lateral flow testing

What is a lateral flow test?

A lateral flow test (LFT) is a rapid test for COVID-19. It requires a self administered swab which is tested on site, not in a laboratory, meaning you receive your result within 20-30 minutes. These tests provide regular testing to identify people who have coronavirus but have no symptoms (asymptomatic) and to stop the spread of the virus through self-isolation.

Lateral flow tests are different to Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests, which are for people with symptoms. The results for these take 24 to 48 hours due to the laboratory testing required.

Why are we introducing lateral flow tests?

Reducing transmission

As 1 in 3 people do not show symptoms of COVID-19, lateral flow tests can really help us work together to control the spread of infection.

By testing people without symptoms, it can break the chains of transmission that we otherwise would not know exist.

By adopting this approach, we aim to:

  • quickly identify postitive cases
  • make sure the isolate
  • offer relevant support

Outbreak management

The tests are also used in outbreak management to achieve the same aim with the intention of reducing transmission of the virus to others.

Who is being tested

Who will be offered lateral flow tests?

All staff are now able to access lateral flow testing. However the way you access the testing will depend on whether you are a critical worker or not.

Critical workers

All critical workers (who cannot work from home due to the role they have) have been identified as a targeted group for testing. If you are in one of these groups you will be sent an invite by your service area contact to access testing. They will provide you with the booking instructions to book a test.

Non critical workers

To continue to support our safe systems of work and the spread of COVID-19, we recommend all of our non critical workers, such as those returning to the office for operational or health and wellbeing reasons and those working at home to access this testing.

I have received my vaccine, do I still need to take part or continue with lateral flow testing?

Yes, even if you have received one or both doses of the COVID-19 vaccination, it is important that you take 2 lateral flow tests per week (unless advised to undertake them daily). This is to help fight against the spread of COVID-19.

Testing regularity and locations

How often should I take a lateral flow test?

It is recommended that you have a test twice a week (every 3-4 days) and have at least 1 a week.

Some critical workers such as care workers, who work in complex settings such as care homes will get 2 lateral flow tests and a PCR test each week. If there is an outbreak this could increase to daily lateral flow testing.

Please note: you do not need to get tested if you are on annual leave.

Testing centres

We have 7 test centres for lateral flow testing. These have been planned from lessons learnt during national pilots.

The sites are:

  • Beverley Leisure Centre
  • Bridlington Leisure Centre
  • Francis Scaife Leisure Centre
  • Haltemprice Leisure Centre
  • Hornsea Leisure Centre
  • Goole Leisure Centre
  • Withernsea Leisure Centre

For addresses, site opening times and parking details download the document below.

Lateral flow test centres

How to book

How do I get a test?

If you qualify to be part of our testing programme due to being a critical worker, you will be sent an invite by your service area contact. They will provide you with the booking instructions to book a test.

There are a number of options available for non critical workers to book tests or collect home test kits.

Book a test, collect or order home test kits

Critical workers

You can book a lateral flow test online during your normal working hours.

You will need the unique pin code for your service area. This will be emailed to you by your service area contact.

Visit the East Riding Leisure website to book your appointment.

If you think you should be able to access this testing, please contact your line manager who can ask your service area contact either directly or through their line manager.

Non critical workers living in the East Riding

If you live in the East Riding of Yorkshire boundary there are a number of ways that you can access the testing:

  • book a test online - enter the pin code 8161 on the East Riding Leisure website
  • book a test over the phone - call 01482 393975 (lines are open Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4.30pm)
  • collect a box of home test kits from The Point at County Hall, no appointment required. (Available Monday to Friday, 8am to 11am)
  • collect a box of home test kits from one of our sites or your local pharmacy, no appintment required. (Locations and opening times available via the link below)
  • Visit the NHS website to find your nearest site or pharmacy

Non critical workers living outside the East Riding

If you live outside the East Riding of Yorkshire boundary you have 2 ways you can access the testing:

Taking the test

How to take the test at a site

Step 1

Arrive at the test site on your own if possible, wearing a face covering (unless you are exempt).

Step 2

Staff at the test site will help you enter the site. Use the hand sanitiser available and observe social distancing.

Step 3

A self administed swab is required from your throat and nose. This is then placed in a tube at the testing site.

Don't worry, a staff member will guide you through the testing process. This takes around 10 minutes to complete.

Step 4

Staff will help you exit the site safely.

Step 5

Your test result will be sent to you digitally by text or email about 30 minutes after the test.

How to take the test at home

All home test kits will include a booklet that explains each stage of the testing process to make sure you complete the test correctly.

What happens next

You will be told your result by text or email if you have visited one of our sites. This depends on the contact details you provided.

If you have taken your test at home you will need to report your result:

  • every time you take a test
  • as soon as possible after you get the result (you cannot report your result more than 24 hours after the test)

Report your result on the GOV.UK website

The reporting process is also explained in the booklet you receive with your pack.

If your test result is negative...

  • you do not need to isolate. Let your manager know the outcome of your test and continue to follow the current guidelines on how to protect yourself and others from coronavirus. This includes:
    • regularly washing your hands
    • wearing a face covering (unless exempt)
    • social distancing from anyone not in your household or support bubble

    Please note: A negative test does not override a previous positive one so you must self isolate for the 10 day period.

  • but you later feel unwell or develop symptoms, you must book a PCR test on the GOV.UK website or by calling 119.

If your test result is positive...

  • you and anyone you live with must self isolate immediately
  • you must now book a follow up confirmatory Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test, following a change in guidance. This test needs to take place within 48 hours of the initial lateral flow test. You should only leave your home for your follow up test, and you and your household are legally required to self-isolate immediately for 10 full days, pending the result of the confirmatory test.
  • Book a PCR test on the GOV.UK website
  • you may be entitled to receive the £500 test and trace support payment if you need to stop working to self-isolate

PCR test result

If your PCR test result:

  • is negative and was taken within 48 hours of the positive lateral flow test, you will be advised that you no longer have to self-isolate
  • was taken after 48 hours of your initial positive lateral flow test, you will be required to continue to self-isolate for the full 10 day period no matter what the result is
  • is positive, the NHS test and trace service will then be implemented and you must self-isolate

More information on self-isolation can be found on the NHS website including information about support and help for when you have to stay home.

How do I dispose of a home test kit?

After taking the test and registering your result you can dispose of the test kit. All of the plastic items you have used should be placed in the plastic bag provided. This bag along with any disposable gloves or masks you have used are not recyclable and should be put in your green general waste bin.

Once you have used all 7 test kits in your box you can recycle the cardboard packaging and paper leaflets in your blue recycling bin.

The document below shows all parts of the test kit and how you should dispose of each.

Disposal of waste from home test kits


I've heard lateral flow tests are not 100 per cent accurate, is this correct?

Lateral flow testing is a vital tool in stopping the spread of COVID-19, however it is only one tool and there is a possibility they will not pick up all positive COVID-19 cases. However, increased levels and transmission rate of the COVID-19 virus means that the rate of false positives from lateral flow tests is now very similar to that of PCR tests.

It is still so important to continue to follow protective safety guidance such as the 3 steps to safety to continue to stop the spread of COVID-19.

We know lateral flow tests have an important role in stopping transmissions for those 1 in 3 cases where people have COVID-19 but do not have any symptoms and pass it on to other people without knowing.

Combined with other protective safety behaviours lateral flow tests are one way you can take comfort in the fact you are doing all you can to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Can there be a false positive test on a lateral flow test?

Yes, but this can happen with any test. You could be told you have coronavirus when you actually don't.

You can now take a follow up PCR test for confirmation.

Information for managers

What if a member of staff refuses to have the test?

Testing is voluntary, but we ask that you encourage your staff to take the test to protect their health and the health of our customers, colleagues and loved ones.

If a member of frontline staff continues to refuse a test you need to carry out a risk assessment of their duties to decide on their future actions and responsibilities.

Has this been agreed with the Trade Unions?

Yes, they have been consulted and understand that we are introducing this to help protect our staff, customers and colleagues.

Staff are concerned about their data being shared. What data protection impact assessments have been carried out?

A data protection impact is underway for this project and it will be signed off with the Corporate Information Governance Group in due course. A full privacy notice is available when staff are booked in for a test and this notice explains what data is collected and how it may be used.

Taking part in the lateral testing programme is voluntary. Consent must be given by the employee for the processing of their data and this can be withdrawn at any time.

The sharing of anonymised data will only be done to protect the health and wellbeing of staff and the public, for example if there is an outbreak at a particular site.


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