An additional 50,000 lateral flow devices (LFDs) have been delivered to the island, ready for distribution to pharmacies and local authority outlets over the next two days. 

More than 25,000 test kits will today be delivered to participating pharmacies and local authorities assisting with distribution. The public are advised that LFDs can be collected from commissioners’ offices and town halls listed below during normal opening hours only:

Douglas Borough CouncilHenry Bloom Noble Library,Duke Street, Douglas  
Peel Commissioners Town Hall, Derby Road, Peel IM5 1RG 
Castletown CommissionersCastletown Town HallFarrants Way, Castletown IM9 1NR 
Port Erin CommissionersPort Erin Commissioners OfficeBridson StreetPort Erin IM9 6AN 
Ramsey CommissionersRamsey Town Hall (and Library on Saturdays)Ground Floor 
Onchan CommissionersOnchan District Commissioners  Hawthorn Villa, Main Road, Onchan, IM3 1RD 

A similar delivery will be made to local authorities and pharmacies on Friday (July 30).

So far 290,000 tests have been brought to the island and plans are in place to secure a weekly supply of around 130,000 tests for the foreseeable future, subject to continuing demand.

Next week, pharmacies are due to be restocked on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, with local authority outlets receiving deliveries on Tuesday and Thursday. This schedule will remain in place over the following weeks, deliveries to the island allowing.   

Residents should request a maximum of seven single test kits from the outlet they visit, to ensure sufficient supplies are available for other members of the community. 

When to use the Lateral Flow Test

With widespread availability of Lateral Flow tests, current guidance is: 

  • Take no more than two tests in a seven day period 
  • Report the rapid lateral flow test results by visiting https://covid19.gov.im/general-information/lateral-flow-home-testing/ no matter what the result is, on the same day as the test
  • If the result is positive, go home or stay at home immediately, and call 111
  • If the result is negative, report the result and take a further test 3-4 days later

When you shouldn’t use a Lateral Flow Test:

  • If you have been told to self-isolate by 111
  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19, in which case you should stay at home and call 111 to access a PCR test

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