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Lateral flow testing

About lateral flow tests

Lateral flow tests (LFT) are a fast, simple and effective way to test people who do not have symptoms of COVID-19, but who may still be spreading the virus. If people test positive and self-isolate, it helps to stop the virus spreading.

All islanders are advised to perform a LFT twice a week (every 3 to 4 days) to check if you have the virus. It's also a good idea to take a LFT at particular times like before visiting an elderly or vulnerable friend or relative, or if you are planning to attend an event or large gathering.

You can do regular lateral flow tests if you do not have symptoms of COVID-19. 

If you have one or more symptoms of COVID-19 you must:

  • isolate immediately, and away from other members of your household if this is possible
  • book a PCR test using the online form or call the helpline

Home testing

Who can take part 

Islanders of any age can register to receive LFTs at home by signing up to the Home Testing Programme. 

Register for home testing

Each member of a household must register as an individual to receive their own kit. You'll be sent an email and text message with an 8-digit unique code to log in and submit results. Kits will be delivered by Jersey Post within a week of registering.

If you have previously registered, you can order more LFTs using your 8-digit code. These kits should be reordered no sooner than 14 days from the previous kits issued.

Submit your test result

Results will be invalid if read after the 15 minute window. 

You should upload any positive results to the online portal to ensure any isolation period is dated from your LFT result.

Negative results do not have to be routinely uploaded, except as part of the release from isolation process.

The results get automatically uploaded to our public health system. The Covid Safe Team is alerted when there is a positive result.

Submit your test result

Keeping a stock of test kits

Your LFT kit will be sent to your registered home address. You will receive enough kits to test yourself twice a week for 10 weeks.

Reordering more test kits

You can order more lateral flow testing kit using your 8 digit code. These kits should be reordered no sooner than 14 days from the previous kits issued.

Re-order more test kits

Test results

​Result
Image of test
What you need to do
​Negative
​One line next to C shows the test is negative
Covid lateral flow negative test result
​A negative result means that active coronavirus infection was not detected, at the time of the test. However, this does not guarantee that you do not have coronavirus.

You can maintain normal activities, but should continue to follow the current public health guidance

If you develop any symptoms, isolate immediately and book a PCR test.

​Positive
​Two lines, one next to C and one next to T, even faint lines, shows the test is positive
Covid lateral flow positive test result
You must book a PCR test to confirm your positive results within 24 hours.
You must isolate until the results of your PCR test.
You should register your positive LFT result onto the online portal.  This will ensure any isolation period is dated from your LFT result. You will also receive a six-digit code by SMS that can be entered into the COVID Alert app to anonymously notify any close contacts.
​Inconclusive
​No lines, or one line next to T, means the test is inconclusive
Covid lateral flow void test result
You will need to re-take with a fresh test kit.


Print version of your results guide

Print version of your results guide Polish

Print version of your results guide Portuguese

Dispose of used tests

Any positive material should be double bagged in standard waste disposal.

Any negative, void or unused test should be put in standard waste disposal.

How to take the test

Taking a lateral flow test involves taking a sample from the nostrils using a swab.

We use two types of test kits:

  • SureScreen
  • Innova
Check which kit you have and follow the correct step by step guide.

SureScreen kit

Prepare your test

  1. first, wash your hands and blow your nose
  2. wash your hands again or use hand sanitiser
  3. place the extraction tube in a small cup to keep it upright
  4. twist the tip off the small liquid vial
  5. gently tip all the liquid from the small vial into the tube. Ignore the red lids, these are not needed.

Take your test

  1. identify the soft fabric trip of the swab wrapper, open and remove the swab. Do not touch the soft fabric tip
  2. put the soft fabric tip gently into once nostril, about 1 inch up. You may feel some resistance. Roll the swab 10 times slowly along the inside of the nostril. Remove the swab and repeat 10 times in the other nostril with the same swab tip
  3. put the soft fabric tip into the bottom of the extraction tube. Press the swab tip against the edge of the tube while gently squeezing the extraction tube to keep it secure. Rotate the swab around the tube for 10 seconds to squeeze as much fluid out as possible from the swab tip
  4. slightly lift the swab and snap it at the break point. Leave the swab head inside the tube. Dispose of the handle
  5. place the lid securely onto the tube
  6. turn the extraction tube upside down and lightly squeeze 3 drops onto the specimen well, into the hole marked with an S
  7. place the specimen well onto a flat surface and make a note of the time
  8. after 10 to 15 minutes, read your results and throw the specimen well away. Results after this time will be invalid

Print version of SureScreen step by step guide

Step by step guide Portuguese

Step by step guide Polish

Innova kit

Prepare your test

  1. first, wash your hands and blow your nose
  2. wash your hands again or use hand sanitiser
  3. place the extraction tube in a small cup to keep it upright
  4. twist the small top cap of the extraction buffer pot. Do not unscrew the bigger lid as you will not be able to use it as a dropper
  5. place 6 drops only of the extraction buffer into the extraction tube. Avoid touching the extraction tube with the extraction buffer. Reseal the extraction buffer for future use

Take your test

  1. identify the soft fabric trip of the swab wrapper, open and remove the swab. Do not touch the soft fabric tip
  2. put the soft fabric tip gently into once nostril, about 1 inch up. You may feel some resistance. Roll the swab 10 times slowly along the inside of the nostril. Remove the swab and repeat 10 times in the other nostril with the same swab tip
  3. put the soft fabric tip into the bottom of the extraction tube. Press the swab tip against the edge of the tube while gently squeezing the extraction tube to keep it secure. Rotate the swab around the tube for 10 seconds to squeeze as much fluid out as possible from the swab tip
  4. remove the swab from the tube while squeezing the tube to remove as much fluid as possible from the swab tip. Place the swab back into the wrapper and dispose in general rubbish
  5. press the nozzle cap tightly onto the extraction tube to avoid any leaks
  6. turn the extraction tube upside down and lightly squeeze two drops onto the specimen well, into the hole marked with an S
  7. place the specimen well onto a flat surface and make a note of the time
  8. after 20 to 30 minutes, read your results and throw the specimen well away. Results after this time will be invalid

Print version of Innova step by step guide

How to use a lateral flow test on a child 

Important

  •  

    do not conduct a test if you do not feel confident

  •  

    do not continue the test if the child has any pain or asks you to stop

  •  

    do not let the soft fabric tip of the swab touch anything apart from the child’s nostrils

Tips for taking a sample from a child

  • talk through the steps with your child. Explain what you are going to do before you swab their nose
  • remain calm and confident as you go through the process. This will help the child to stay calm too
  • it may be helpful to give them a distraction while you conduct the test or make it into a game
  • if possible, it may be helpful for another adult to hold the child on their lap during the procedure so that it is easier to perform the test
  • your child may have some brief discomfort when the swab touches their nostrils. This is normal for all age groups
  • if the child is old enough, explaining the test in terms they can understand might help ease any fear. For example, "you may want to push the swab away, but it is really important that you let me tickle your nose so that we can tell if you might have coronavirus"

Prepare the test

  • wash your hands
  • place the extraction tube in a small cup to keep it upright
  • unscrew the small top cap of the extraction buffer pot. Do not unscrew the bigger lid as you will not be able to use it as a dropper
  • place 6 drops only of the extraction buffer into the extraction tube
  • avoid touching the extraction tube with the extraction buffer. Reseal the extraction buffer for future use

Taking a sample from your child

Taking a lateral flow test involves taking a sample from the child's nostrils using a swab.

  • follow the main instructions provided in your test kit. These are extra instructions to help you. Use the main instruction set to see what to do before and after swabbing your child
  • ask the child to blow their nose into a tissue. This is to get rid of excess mucus. Dispose of the tissue
  • identify the soft fabric tip of the swab wrapper, open and remove the swab. Do not touch the soft fabric tip
  • put the same end of the swab gently into one of their nostrils, about 1 inch up. You may feel some resistance. Roll the swab 10 times slowly alongside the inside of the child's nostril
  • remove the swab and repeat 10 times in the other nostril with the same swab tip
  • thank your child for their help
  • put the soft fabric tip into the bottom of the extraction tube. Press the swab tip against the edge of the tube while gently squeezing the extraction tube to keep it secure. Rotate the swab around the tube for 10 seconds to squeeze as much fluid out as possible from the swab tip
  • remove the swab from the tube while squeezing the tube to remove as much fluid as possible from the swab tip. Place the swab back into the wrapper and dispose in general rubbish
  • press the nozzle cap tightly onto the extraction tube to avoid any leaks.
  • turn the extraction tube upside down and lightly squeeze two drops onto the specimen well, into the hole marked with an 'S'
  • place the specimen well onto a flat surface and make a note of the time.
  • after 20 to 30 minutes, read your results and throw the specimen well away. Results after this time will be invalid

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