Employers across Knowsley can refer essential workers for Covid testing if they are self-isolating because either they or member(s) of their household have coronavirus symptoms.
They can do this by uploading the names and contact details of self-isolating essential workers to the secure employer referral portal.
Referred essential workers will then receive a text message with a unique invitation code to book a test for themselves (if symptomatic) or their symptomatic household member(s) at a regional testing site.
To get a login to the employer referral portal, employers of essential workers should email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
- organisation name
- nature of the organisation’s business
- names (where possible) and email addresses of the 2 users who will load essential worker contact details
Once employer details have been verified, 2 login credentials will be provided for the employer referral portal.
See the list of essential workers
Asymptomatic testing is available for anybody who lives, works, visits Knowsley and wider LCR who is not displaying COVID-19 symptoms.
Aim: Case finding & isolating those who could be unknowingly spreading to keep our numbers low
There are three fixed sites at:-
- Huyton – Volair, Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park (Longview Drive)
- Kirkby – Volair, Kirkby Leisure Centre (Cherryfield Drive)
- Halewood – Volair, Halewood Leisure Centre (Baileys Lane)
The centres are open from 9am until 6pm Monday to Friday and 10am until 4pm on Saturday and Sunday. No appointment is needed.
Let’s get tested Knowsley!
The sites will open 7 days a week and keep a look-out on www.knowsleynews.co.uk for confirmation of when the sites will be officially open for you go along and get tested.
In addition to testing the general population, Knowsley is also making available 10,000 tests for frontline workers and employers in the Borough.
Councillor Sean Donnelly, Knowsley Council’s Health & Social Care Cabinet Member, said: “We said that we would only agree to SMART testing in Knowsley if all of our residents were able to access testing easily and regularly. We are pleased that we will be able to offer just that. This programme will only be effective if people commit to regular weekly testing which is why we wanted to make it as easy to do as possible for our residents. So the message from us is clear. Come on Knowsley – let’s get tested!”
This programme is only open to residents NOT displaying symptoms of COVID-19. If you are unable to visit one of the test centres, you can order a home testing kit online or request one by ringing 119.
A testing service for people experiencing symptoms will continue to operate at separate locations. If you have symptoms (high temperature, new/persistent cough, loss of taste or smell), you need to book a test through www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or ring 119.
SMART testing makes use of Lateral Flow Devices, more commonly known as rapid testing, and the tests should provide a result in around 30 minutes. By testing those who are not displaying symptoms, we can develop a better understanding of the spread of the virus in the community and also identify more people who are carrying the virus so that they can self-isolate.
Taking part in the mass testing pilot is completely voluntary. All tests are self-administered, and the process only takes a few minutes.
It is important to remember that, if you do receive a negative test result, you are only negative at that moment in time. Please continue to follow tier 2 restrictions and COVID-19 guidance.
Councillor Donnelly added: “It is fantastic news for the residents of Knowsley that SMART testing is being rolled out in the Borough.
“It will allow us to identify people who have COVID-19 but do not display symptoms – this means that they can then self-isolate to prevent the further spread of the virus.
“Everyone across Knowsley and the wider City Region has worked very hard to bring the number of cases down during national lockdown. Because of this, we were able to move into Tier 2 of regional restrictions.
“SMART testing enables us to continue this hard work and hopefully move into Tier 1 in the near future. I would encourage as many people as possible to take part in this programme.”