Kirkham Town Council is a body of locally elected representatives who look after the best interests of Kirkham Town, its residents, leisure facilities, parks and open spaces.
Latest COVID-19 Test Sites
Fairhaven Rd Car Park, St Annes
This morning is a clinical clean down prior to opening and the centre should become operational this afternoon for 6 months operating 7 days per week, 12 hours per day, with two separate shift teams running the facility. This is a walk in facility.
All of the above are only available via a pre-arranged appointment via the NHS app / website or dialling 119
SMART Lateral Flow Testing for COVID-19
Fylde Borough Council
This information is provided as an overview of rapid coronavirus testing in your community setting in order to identify asymptomatic cases.
Community testing is quick, safe and easy
Up to a third of individuals who test positive for COVID-19 have no symptoms at all before they spread it unknowingly. That is why the testing of people without symptoms is vital. Identifying those individuals will save lives. This is what is known as ‘mass testing’.
Quick Swabbing and processing of these tests will be conducted in the community setting with results available in around 30 minutes
Safe These tests work. In validation studies conducted by Oxford University and Public Health England, they were shown to be as accurate in identifying a case as a PCR test (99.8% specificity). The tests have lower sensitivity, but they are better at picking up cases when a person has higher viral load, hence the need to test frequently and why in Lancashire we are encouraging repeat testing every week.
When used in combination with other measures such as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), washing hands regularly and social distancing, these tests further reduce the risk of transmission. We must not relax any of these measures – this testing programme is in addition to them.
Easy Lateral flow devices do not require a laboratory to process the test. The devices are designed to be intuitive and require minimal training to operate.
Who can get a lateral flow test?
Lancashire's mass testing model is SMART - Sustained Meaningful Asymptomatic Repeat Targeted testing. Mass testing using Lateral Flow Tests will be conducted in a targeted manner to respond to high rates of incidence across Lancashire, to support essential services including community groups and volunteers, and vital infrastructure.
The community SMART testing program is aimed at key workers and community groups. We would encourage the same people attend the testing stations on a weekly basis.
Why are lateral flow tests being used?
These tests can be used when people show no symptoms of COVID-19. By using these faster tests, people will find out more quickly if they have coronavirus or not, making it easier to control the spread of the virus.
Participation is voluntary for the programme. We are hoping that many people will recognise the benefits of getting involved in local testing efforts to reduce the spread of the virus in the workplaces and local communities.
What to do if the test result is negative?
A negative result means the test did not find coronavirus, so you were not infectious when the test was done. You should continue to follow the national guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19:
• Wash your hands regularly; use a face covering when shopping or using indoor services; stay at least 2 metres apart from others.
What to do if the test result is positive?
If you get a positive result:
• You should return home and self-isolate immediately for ten days.
• Make sure you travel straight home from having your test if you receive a positive result and do not visit any shops, services or other houses, as you could put others at risk
• Inform everyone in your household or bubble that they must self-isolate for 10 days
Where can I get my test?
In Fylde, the following locations have been identified as central to the community we wish to test. No appointment is necessary, and the test is free of charge. It is advised that people attending for a test have not eaten or had a drink for 20 minutes prior to the test and are in possession of a SMART phone. Each of the locations will be open form 9:30 until 4:00.
From Monday 8th February
Where can I get more information?
Additional information can be found on the Fylde.gov website or via the council’s customer service team on 01253 658658
Roadmap out of lockdown
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Councillors at Fylde have commenced a major review of flooding and surface water management to see if the existing arrangements are sufficient to deal with impacts now and in the future.
If you have experienced flooding in Fylde, we encourage you to take part in the short survey https://crowd.in/5nw2dY
If you are a key worker and aren't showing any COVID-19 symptoms you are eligible for a FREE lateral flow test.
Did you know there are now four testing hubs on the Fylde?
To see if you're eligible for SMART Testing and to find out more visit: https://crowd.in/ysck6t
NEW BUSINESS DIRECTORY WEBSITE LAUNCHED
Kirkham Town Council has created a new business directory to help and assist anybody who is self-isolating, vulnerable and being advised to stay at home. The directory allows businesses within a 6 mile radius to submit their business details, along with delivery information, services offered, payment methods and contact information. The site is now live and can be accessed via this button:
Businesses can start submitting their information to the directory straight away. As more and more businesses register for the service, the directory will grow and become a valuable resource for people who are unable to get to the shops. We’re very happy to have the support of Kirkham Business Group to help spread the word.