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Testing to protect, testing to find

by Michael Ford last modified 12 Feb, 2021 08:47 PM

Public Health Dorset is setting up a Dorset Community Rapid Testing Service.

The organisation says:

“We are offering weekly asymptomatic testing to employees of businesses, charities and voluntary organisations (employing less than 250 people) and the self-employed across Dorset who cannot work from home due to the nature of their role.

"1 in 3 people who have Covid-19 show no symptoms and can therefore spread it without knowing. Testing will be for a period of 6 weeks.

“To qualify for testing your business/organisation must either provide an essential service or support the vulnerable. Examples include:

Protecting the vulnerable: working with vulnerable people, housing support, mortuary or funeral staff, essential trades people e.g. plumbing, transport providers for vulnerable groups, sheltered housing.

Essential services: small businesses/service industry eg food production, retail, delivery drivers, pre-school staff, community volunteer groups, trades eg engineering, energy

“Access to this service is for people who don’t already have access to asymptomatic testing. If you already have access to asymptomatic testing eg through an NHS or care home employer, you are not able to access the community service.

“If your organisation/ business would to have access to the rapid testing service you must register its interest, from Monday 1st February, by completing a simple registration form at”

Further information about asymptomatic testing can be found here.

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