Everyone in Kirklees is being urged to take a Covid-19 test twice a week.

Those who are asymptomatic can still spread the virus and taking regular lateral flow tests can help identify cases that would otherwise be missed.

To make it easier for people Kirklees Council is sending mobile collection units around the district. There will be collection points in Scissett and Salendine Nook in the next few days.

Anyone over 18 can collect two packs of home-testing kits. You don’t need to book, just turn up wearing a face covering and social distance from those outside your household or bubble.

The tests come with instructions on how to use them and how frequently you should take them. There will be staff on hand to show you how to use the tests should you need help.

Rachel Spencer-Henshall, strategic director for public health at Kirklees Council, said: “In addition to getting vaccinated and always remembering hands, face, space, another great way you can help reduce the spread of Covid-19 in your community is getting a rapid lateral flow test twice a week if you are not showing any symptoms.

“Asymptomatic testing helps us identify people who are infectious and could spread the infection to others unknowingly.

“This is particularly important with restrictions now starting to ease and it now being much more likely to come into contact with people from other households.”

Ruth Spencer-Henshallpicture by: Mike Clark, Small Photos

Mobile collection site timetable

Tuesday 1 June Collect only8:00am – 17:00pmScissettScissett Baths and Fitness CentreWakefield Road Scissett Huddersfield HD8 9HU
Wednesday 2 June Collect only8:00am – 17:00pmGomersalGomersal Public HallOxford Rd Gomersal Cleckheaton BD19 4JP
Thursday 3 June Collect only8:00am – 17:00pmSalendine NookSalendine Nook Shopping Centre144 Moor Hill Road Huddersfield HD3 3XA
Friday 4 June Regular test and collect    9:00am – 16:00DewsburyDewsbury Sainsbury’sRailway Street Railway St Dewsbury WF12 8EB
Friday 4 June Collect only8:00am – 17:00pmRoberttownSainsbury’s local and GreggsFountain Court Huddersfield Rd Robertown Liversedge WF15 7PH

The council has also launched enhanced testing which means that everyone in Kirklees can access a PCR test.

Three new mobile testing units have also been set up to offer people in Savile Town, Thornhill Lees, Honley and Batley asymptomatic PCR tests between 10am-4pm.

  • Savile Town at Taleem Training and Community Centre, Orchard Street
  • Honley Community Centre, Stony Lane, Honley, HD9 6DY
  • Wards Hill Car Park, Wellington Street, Batley, WF17 5HR.

Anyone who lives or works in Kirklees can also get an asymptomatic PCR test at the below testing sites between 8am-8pm and help detect potential cases of the new variant and prevent further spread:

  • Dewsbury: Dewsbury Railway Station Car Park, Dewsbury, WF13 1HF
  • Huddersfield: Percy Shaw House, also known as Queen Street Studios, Queen Street South, Huddersfield, HD1 3BB.
  • Ravensthorpe: Ravensthorpe KNH (Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing), Queen Street, Ravensthorpe, Dewsbury WF13 3BT

Ms Spencer-Henshall said: “We really urge everyone to continue to get tests wherever possible to keep your community safe and help prevent the spread of infection.”

Taking a test helps reduce the spread of the virus in your community.

  • If you test positive, you help to break the chain of transmission of Covid-19 in your household, support bubble and community.
  • The test identifies and supports infectious people to isolate before they develop symptoms.
  • Testing helps with the management and containment of COVID-19 outbreaks.
  • Testing protects those most vulnerable to the impacts and consequences of Covid-19.