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No-one you live with drives, no home tests available?

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Crunchymum Sun 06-Sep-20 12:37:17

Thankfully hypothetical but with the kids going back, I am concerned about lack of home tests available. Would we be a "priority" as no-one in the house drives?

There are 5 of us at home. 2 primary, 1 nursery, 1 WFH adult and 1 WOH adult, who is self employed... no work = no pay)

My main worry is having to lose 14 days income as soon as one of the kids get a cough or a temperature.

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Blankblankblank Sun 06-Sep-20 13:28:14

Are there any walking testing places near you if you google?
It’s a first come first served basis for home tests afaik

“ If you are not able to get a test in the first 5 days of having symptoms, you and anyone you live with must stay at home (self-isolate). Anyone in your support bubble must also stay at home”

www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/

covetingthepreciousthings Sun 06-Sep-20 16:38:11

We are also a non driving household and there has been no walk - in testing near us, I am concerned that we will be isolating for longer than those able to go to drive through centres. sad

CeeJay81 Sun 06-Sep-20 16:44:05

We have the same worry. We live rurally and our nearest testing centre which has only just opened it 18 miles away(only recently opened, so no idea if there are walk-ins), accessible by bus but do you really want to be going on public transport with symptoms?

Crunchymum Sun 06-Sep-20 16:46:27

I can't even seem to find where the walk-in testing centres are?

Given the high chances of one of the kids picking up something (most likely not Covid, but I know it needs to be ruled out) then we're going to have a rotten winter and DP will probably lose his job of he has to quarantine several times because we can't get home testing kits sad

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VirginiaWolverine Sun 06-Sep-20 16:55:43

None of us drive. We managed to get a home testing kit, but I'll be missing a minimum of a week of work because of posting times, and I suspect that it will be closer to a fortnight by the time I get test results. I can't afford to take two weeks off work every time either of my children gets a cough or a fever. DS was ill for two days. Now we have another 12 days of isolating with healthy children.

whatnow41 Sun 06-Sep-20 17:02:22

Home testing kits are sent by courier and collected by courier in my area NW. I assume that is the case in all of England at least. Gives a 3 day turnaround time from ordering the test to getting the result.

VirginiaWolverine Sun 06-Sep-20 17:10:36

DS came down with a fever on Thursday night. I managed to order a test on Friday morning after several attempts. The test was delivered by Amazon on Saturday afternoon. I have to post it in a specially designated postbox (very nearby, but nit the very closest one). The next available postage collection is 5pm on Monday, so I have to wait until Monday to carry out the test. Hopefully, the test will be delivered to be processed on Tuesday. I was told on the accompanying leaflet that results should be available two days after the completed test is received, but that it might take longer, and was given a number to call to chase up results if I hadn't heard anything after 5 days.

So very far from a 3 day turnaround.

VirginiaWolverine Sun 06-Sep-20 17:11:28

I'm in Yorkshire, and my father in London had the same system.

jessstan2 Sun 06-Sep-20 17:22:53

You can order a test, or tests, from lots of places online. I just googled. Including free ones from Gov.UK.

ShellsAndSunrises Sun 06-Sep-20 17:26:48

No, the short answer is that home testing is first come, first served, and priority is not given to people who can’t drive. It would be impossible to verify who lives with someone who could reasonably drive them; or had access to a car etc...

Is DP the WOH adult? Have his work put anything into place?

MeadowHay Sun 06-Sep-20 17:28:55

Yes we are worried about this too over winter when presumably demand for testing will skyrocket. Not least because my DH is a front line NHS worker in a new ish job on a temp contract but as we don't have a car if DD starts up with symptoms outside of his working hours we would need to get postal test kits and he would not have be off work for however long that took.

MeadowHay Sun 06-Sep-20 17:29:11

*he WOULD have to be off work rather

Crunchymum Sun 06-Sep-20 17:57:10

ShellsAndSunrises

No, the short answer is that home testing is first come, first served, and priority is not given to people who can’t drive. It would be impossible to verify who lives with someone who could reasonably drive them; or had access to a car etc...

Is DP the WOH adult? Have his work put anything into place?

DP works out of the house and is self employed. No work = no pay. Hence my concern.

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