Changes to rapid testing in Boston, Grantham, Lincoln and Sleaford

A new rapid test is to be opened at an undisclosed location in Lincoln.

The new facility is scheduled to open on April 12th after the LNER stadium test center was closed on April 11th.

The rapid tests for people without coronavirus symptoms at the Croft Street (St. Swithins) Community Center ended March 31.

Meanwhile, Boston has shrunk to just one rapid test center, which is slated to stay open until the end of June, and Grantham is set to get its second test center.

There is now an option to order free home tests for school children and parents, carers and staff from the government website

Kits are now available for collection from the Sleaford Town Football Club car park.

Here are the changes to the sites:

  • Lincoln Community Center – Croft Street (St. Swithins) – closed March 31st
  • Lincoln – Lincoln City Football Club, LNER Stadium – will be closed on April 11th
  • Lincoln – New website opened on April 12th (location not confirmed)
  • Boston – Fenside Community Center, Taverner Rd, Boston, PE21 8NL – closed on March 31st
  • Boston – Skirbeck St. Nicholas Community Center, Fishtoft Rd, Boston, PE21 0DJ – will remain open until the end of June. The opening times change from Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Grantham – Grantham West Community Center, Trent Road – opens April 6, 2021 – 8.30am to 2.30pm Mondays; Tuesdays from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays from 8.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. Thursdays from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. – only for key workers without symptoms
  • Sleaford – Better Gym, Oakside Park Business Park, East Rd, Sleaford NG34 7EH – Key Workers Only – closed on March 30th
  • Sleaford Mobile Car Park – Sleaford Town Football Club – open April 1st from 9:00 a.m. – with test kits available seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Here are the other websites that are currently open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

  • Gainsborough – Gainsborough Leisure Center, The Avenue, Gainsborough DN21 1EP
  • Grantham – Grantham Meres Leisure Center Trent Road, Grantham, NG31 7XQ
  • Horncastle – Stanhope Hall, 1 Boston Road, Horncastle, LN9 6EY
  • Louth – Meridian Leisure Center, Wood Lane, Louth, LN11 8SA
  • Skegness – Art Space, Embassy Theater, Grand Parade, Skegness, PE25 2UG
  • Trusthorpe – Trusthorpe Village Hall, Sutton Road, Trusthorpe, LN12 2PL

You don’t need to book an appointment to have an asymptomatic test at one of the centers.

Swab tests are available to people aged 16 and over. Results are known within 30 to 60 minutes and no appointment is required.

Tests help identify those who unknowingly have the virus and the goal is to stop the spread.

People with symptoms should not take part in rapid test sites, but rather go to existing test centers.

Anyone who gets a positive rapid test is advised to self-isolate immediately, notify NHS Test and Trace, and book a confirmatory test by calling 119 or at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you will need to get a PCR test.

Professor Derek Ward, Director of Public Health for Lincolnshire County Council, said, “We’re expanding the offer to allow people to come and collect packs of cross-flow tests so they can test themselves at home. ”

“At the moment you can do that at any of our permanent locations, i.e. at the showground, in Skegness and also at our local permanent locations.”

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