Spelthorne Covid Champions briefing – 8th April


To find out the rates in your local area, view this interactive map
• There will be a Mobile Testing Unit at Green Street Car Park, Sunbury Park on 20-23 April and 29-2 May. No vehicle access
will be available
• Symptom free testing available at Thameside Youth Centre Staines, Broadway Pharmacy Staines, Hive Pharmacy Staines, and
Trio Pharmacy Shepperton. Book online at: scc.covid19testing.org.uk/
• A walk-through coronavirus testing facility is open for those with symptoms to book appointments at Kingston Road Car Park
(TW18 4LN) in Spelthorne. Book a test at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119
• Boots Pharmacy in Staines (Two Rivers retail park) and Stanwell Tesco pharmacy available for local people to access their
Covid-19 vaccination.
• New Business ‘RE-START’ Grant available www.spelthorne.gov.uk/LRSGO
National updates
• National data on testing, cases, healthcare, vaccinations, and deaths is updated daily
• Case rate per 100,000: 44.1 (last week 51.1)
• Please keep Hands, Face, Space, Fresh Air even after vaccination.
Surrey’s Data Dashboard is updated weekly every Friday and bi-weekly summary is available
Coronavirus Update pages:

• In the UK up to 6 April 4,364,529 people have tested positive, with 126,882 deaths within 28 days of a positive test;
31,622,367 people received 1st vaccine dose, 5,496,716 received 2nd vaccine dose
• Estimated R number 0.7-0.9, daily infection growth rate range of -5% to -2% (26 Mar)

Lockdown Roadmap – New rules from 12 April

All retail shops, personal care, most outdoor attractions and small outdoor events can reopen, e.g. hairdressers, nail salons,
zoos, theme parks, drive-in cinemas/ concerts, fetes.
Outdoor hospitality venues can reopen with table service only, e.g. pubs, bars, restaurants
Indoor leisure and sports facilities can reopen for individual exercise, or exercise with your household or support bubble
All childcare and supervised activities are allowed indoors or outdoors for all children. Parent and child groups can take place indoors for up to 15 people (children under 5 are not counted).
Weddings, civil partnership ceremonies, wakes and other commemorative events can take place for up to 15 people
(people working at the event are not counted), including at indoor venues permitted to open or where exemptions apply. Wedding receptions are allowed for up to 15 people but must be outdoors (not including private gardens).
Care home residents can nominate two named individuals for regular indoor visits following a rapid test.
Self-contained accommodation can open for overnight stays in England for household/ support bubble.
Travel should continue to be minimised where possible and international travel restrictions still apply


Every test helps stop the spread

Rapid lateral flow tests (LFDs) are a vital tool in helping identify cases of COVID-19 we would otherwise not find.
With 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 showing no symptoms and potentially spreading it without knowing, LFDs help prevent the spread of infection, spot outbreaks, and save lives. LFDs are easy to use, accurate and can give results in 30 minutes so people who test positive can self-isolate immediately and avoid passing on the virus to family, friends and colleagues.

From Fri 9 April everyone in England without symptoms will be able to regularly have a free rapid COVID-19 test twice a week.

People aged 16+ can get a free LFD test at a Surrey community testing site or participating pharmacy.
You can either:

  • Book Online
  • Call 020 8865 1952 (Mon-Fri 08.30, Sat-Sun 09:00-17:00, local charges will apply)
  • Collect a test kit for home use. You will receive your result by text/ email from NHS Test & Trace, usually within 30 minutes.
    Some people may be able to access a test via their employer or in an educational setting.
    Alternatively, you can order a test online from the national programme to be posted to your home.
    For a guide on how to do a rapid LFD at home, a short video is available:

NHS Guide to COVID-19 Self-Testing

If you have a positive rapid LFD test result, you and your household and support bubble must self-isolate for 10 days. If you develop symptoms within these days, your isolation period starts again.

A positive rapid LFD result should be confirmed by PCR at a symptomatic test site within two days via https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
If the PCR test is negative then you, your household and support bubble can stop self-isolating and continue as normal.
If the PCR test is positive or you do not have a PCR test within two days of your positive rapid LFD test, you must self-isolate for the full 10 days.
Please check for the latest information before travelling to a test site –
Surrey County Council’s testing website is updated regularly

Vaccination Programme

Second Dose
Surrey Heartlands CCG vaccination teams continue to work through their planned schedule for second doses. These are administered between 11-12 weeks after the first dose. You will be contacted at around 11 weeks after your first dose to make an appointment. Please don’t worry if you are still waiting, you have not been forgotten and will be contacted shortly. The CCG will be attending the Spelthorne Covid Champions meeting on 15 April to answer your questions.

Please share A Letter to Loved Ones to encourage minority ethnic communities to get the COVID-19 vaccine.