Responsible use of Lateral Flow Tests urged in Guernsey

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People in Guernsey are being urged to be 'responsible' when using Lateral Flow Tests, following reports some islanders have been testing themselves twice a day.

Public health rolled out a community testing programme in October, encouraging people to test themselves twice a week.

Since that date, more than 37,000 packs of the tests have been taken up by the public - equivalent to around 925,000 individual tests, spread across 27,000 households in the island.

Though the uptake has been high, islanders are being warned against 'unnecessary' over-testing.

The government says LFT devices should not be used as a substitute for PCR testing by islanders who are feeling unwell. Anyone who feels ill should stay at home and report any Covid-19 symptoms to the clinical helpline on 220001 or 220002.

People are also being urged to dispose of their LFTs correctly.

  • Negative: Throw out the single-use components of the test kit with black bin bag waste. Cardboard and any other recyclable material can be disposed of in clear bags.

  • Positive: put the used, single-use components of the test kit into a plastic bag and take them to the location of the confirmatory PCR test. Staff can then dispose of it into clinical waste.

  • Invalid: hold onto the used, single-use components of the test kit until a conclusive test result is confirmed.