Tackling COVID in Tamworth
As lockdown gradually eases, testing of our communities is going to be key to making the lifting of lockdown work and help keep life moving.
Covid-19 infections in Tamworth are almost double the national average, so it’s more important than ever that we do everything we possibly can to stop the spread of infection and learn more about how the virus is being transmitted.
One in three people who havethe virus don't show any symptoms, so testing helps identify these cases.
National Testing Pilot
NHS Test and Trace, in partnership with Staffordshire County Council, Tamworth Borough Council and Royal Mail will be targeting around 6,000 households in Glascote and Stonydelph to help stop the spread of infection and learn more about how the virus is being transmitted.
Home testing kits will be delivered to households in these areas from April 12. People should register their kit online, take the trest and drop them off at one of the special collection points in the local community.
Who can take a test?
You will receive 2 home test kits directly to your home within the next 5 days, and everyone in your household including children over 5, should take a test. It is possible to spread the virus even if you do not have symptoms, so please take the test even if you are not feeling sick. Please also take the test if you have had the vaccine.
What should I do when I receive the kits?
Up to 2 members of your household should each take a test, even you are already part of a home, school or work testing scheme or have had the vaccine, and follow the instructions provided in the kit. If there are more than 2 people in your household, you can also order additional kits.
If there are fewer than 2 people in your household, please keep the extra test kits and use them if you need to take a test later. Please ensure you store the test kits at room temperature (5-22°C).
How do I get my results?
To receive your result, you will need to register your kit and follow the instructions provided with the test kit. Please note that you will not have an Order ID, so select the ‘register your kit a different way’ option.
How do I return my test kit to the lab?
Return your test kit to the nearest temporary drop-off point. After you drop off your test kit, it will be sent to a laboratory to be processed.
Drop off point locations and opening times:
- St Peter’s Church, Hawksworth, Glascote Heath, B77 2HH. Opening times: 09.00 -15.30
- Glascote Children’s Centre, Hawksworth, Glascote Heath, B77 2ER. Opening times: 08.30 -16.00
- Magraths Pharmacy, 68 Caledonian, Tamworth. B77 2ED. Opening times: 09.00-16.00
- Pennymoor Community Centre, Pennymoor Road, Tamworth B77 4LG. Opening times: 09.00 -16.30 (closed Wednesday 14/04/21)
- Stoneydelph Pharmacy, 29 Ellerbeck, Wilnecote, Tamworth, B77 4JA. Opening times: 09.00 -17.30 (closed 13:00-14:00)
- Watsons GH Newsagents, Pennymoor Road, Wilnecote, Tamworth, B77 4LG. Opening times: 08.00 -19.00
- Sacred Heart Church, Silver Link Road, Glascote Heath, Tamworth, B77 2EA. Opening Times: 08.00 -19.00
By taking the test you will be playing your part in keeping your community safe and will also help us better understand how the virus is spreading where you live.
Don't live in Stonydelph or Glascote? You can still help us tackle COVID
Everyone can do something to control coronavirus. Here are really simple steps that you can take.
Get a regular rapid COVID test
Get a regular rapid test for your own peace of mind and to reassure yourself that you’re not going to give the virus to your nearest and dearest.
Regular testing is an important way to identify cases and reduce the spread of infection.
There are Community Testing Sites and pop up testing sites for people without symptoms across Tamworth. Book online or just walk in. Tests are quick, painless and free.
Isolate and get a test if you have symptoms
If you’ve got symptoms of coronavirus, you need to isolate at home and only leave the house to get a test. You need to book this test online at the national testing site at Spinning School Lane Car Park or at one of the Mobile Testing Units which usually visits Sir Robert Peel Community Hospital.
If you have a test and need to isolate, there is financial support available. You may be entitled to a one-off payment of £500 through the Test and Trace support payment scheme.
This is to support people on low incomes or those who will lose money if they must self-isolate.
Make your application here. This must be within 28 days of the start of your self-isolation.
Get the vaccination when you’re offered it (but still follow the guidelines when you’ve had it)
The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is safe and effective. It gives you the best protection against coronavirus.
The first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine should give you good protection from coronavirus. But you need to have the two doses of the vaccine to give you longer lasting protection.
There is still a chance you might get or spread coronavirus even if you have the vaccine.
This means it is important to:
- continue to follow social distancing guidance
- if you can, wear something that covers your nose and mouth in places where it's hard to stay away from other people