06/06/21: Asymptomatic Covid-19 testing centre open in Swaffham

People living in or around Swaffham are being encouraged to come forward to access symptom-free Covid testing. The Breckland market town will see two locations used: the Theatre Street Car park, on Tuesday 8 and Saturday 12 June, 8am - 6:30pm and the Market Place Car Park on Wednesday 9 and Friday 11 June, 8am - 6:30pm. 

Around one in three people who are infected with Covid-19 show no symptoms so could be spreading the disease without knowing it. As lockdown eases, and we get to meet with family and friends again, it is vital that residents can be assured they are not carrying Covid-19 and spreading Covid-19 to family, friends or within the workplace.

The asymptomatic testing programme is being delivered locally in partnership between Breckland Council and Norfolk County Council's Public Health team. The programme has already been offered in other parts of the county, including Thetford, Watton, King's Lynn, Great Yarmouth, and Norwich.

People without Covid-19 symptoms can simply drop into the centre and receive their lateral flow test as part of the asymptomatic programme. Anybody who does have symptoms - a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to sense of smell or taste - should instead book a test via the NHS or by calling 119.

Cllr Sam Chapman-Allen, Breckland Council's Leader, commented: "We need to take every measure possible as we open up our community to ensure Covid-19 is not spreading undetected within the community, and possibly putting vulnerable people at risk. These tests can help identify people who have Covid but no symptoms, ensuring they avoid spreading it to their friends, loved ones and within their communities. I hope residents in and around Swaffham will make the most of the opportunity to access a test which does not require pre-booking."

Location and opening times:

Theatre Street Car park - Tuesday 8 and Saturday 12 June, 8am - 6:30pm

Market Place Car Park:  Wednesday 9 and Friday 11 June, 8am - 6:30pm 

Last updated: 09/06/2021 11:28:52