Lateral Flows and PCRs
Even if you’re vaccinated, you could still catch the virus or pass it on.
There are different tests you can get to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19). The test you need depends on why you’re getting tested.
The 2 main tests are:
- PCR tests – mainly for people with symptoms, they’re sent to a lab to be checked
- rapid lateral flow tests – only for people who do not have symptoms, they give a quick result using a device similar to a pregnancy test
Both tests are free.
If you have symptoms that could be COVID you need to have a PCR test, this is NOT a lateral flow test, but a swab that is sent to the lab.
Please go to: https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or call 119 to arrange test.
We know taking a PCR is not a pleasant experience and they interrupt work / lives etc however it’s important that residents are testing if we are going to keep the practice staff, other patients along with other residents of Leyburn and surrounding area safe.
Getting a positive PCR doesn’t stop us seeing you face to face, if a GP decides that they need to urgently examine you to manage your problem, we arrange for you to stay in the car park and we bring you into our “COVID room” where we can isolate patients with covid symptoms who need to be seen while keeping ourselves and other patients safe.
Having a positive or negative PCR can also assist our clinical team when assessing symptoms.
- Do rapid tests on days when you’re more likely to catch or spread COVID-19 and/or or as advised by your employer.
For example, do a test before you:
mix with people in crowded indoor places
- visit someone who is at higher risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19
Find out more about symptoms: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/
Find out more about testing: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing/