Lateral flow tests?

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Are we supposed to be doing lateral flow tests? A couple of clients have asked me lately and I’ve lied and said yes, but I don’t really know anything about it. Our salon manager hasn’t mentioned anything, should I be doing them myself at home? Where do you get them from etc? I feel a bit guilty but no one else at work is doing them.
 

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I have been doing them for the past 9 weeks since they became available nationally. For me it was that extra feeling of taking the extra step in protecting others and myself. No one told me ,nor did I have advice from my insurers.

Most of my clients are vaccinated now, but there are a few still waiting for their 1st and 2nd vaccinations. Where possible, my clients are doing them before their appointments as an extra precaution. I simply asked them to do it and most welcomed the idea. It doesn't alter any cleaning, nor mask/visor wearing. We are just doing our best in the current situation.

I have had mine from a local swabbing station, and my husband was given some from our pharmacy when he collected a prescription.
Go online and find how to get local test kits available in your area, or order on the NHS website. Oh so easy ! I will do one tonight as I am working tomorrow.

Set the trend in your salon, and promote the use to your fellow staff and clients and then there will be no need to lie.
 

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The government has been telling people to test regularly to minimise transmission hence they made the tests free and easily accessible.

Doing 2/3 tests a week makes sense and it would be wise for all your colleagues to do it. Surely you'd want to know if one of you could potentially infect the rest and bring the whole salon down?

Also, not all of your clients will be fully vaccinated potentially. My wife has only had 1 jab so far.

I don't think it's fair to lie to people when it could potentially have a dramatic effect on theirs or their loved one's lives. If you haven't done one, tell them, they have a right to know and to make the decision based on that information.

As RosieR said, you can get order the tests online or pick them up from a local test centre usually. Some pharmacies too.
 

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Yes, not regularly, as in twice a week because I'm quiet ATM but the morning of bookings. At least once every 3 days if I'm busy, clients are coming in waves.

I'm still not socialising or venturing out much so exposure unlikely. That said I'm testing if I go anywhere inside such as doctors, hairdressers,etc. it gives me confidence I'm not exposing anyone and if I get pinged by T&T I have a cut off point I can trace back to.
 

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Our salon are all testing Monday and Thursday. The clients know that we test regularly. White lies don’t work in these situations as the client has to know if they are at risk. Your hearts in the right place though and that’s why you are looking for advice. You can order your test kits or pick up from a centre and you could even suggest the rest of the staff test too 😊
 

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Yes we test twice a week. We got a batch of tests sent to everyone’s home. They’re free and we soon got used to it.
 

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I've been testing twice per week since coming back to work as my dad's in the high risk category and even though he's had both of his injections I still wouldn't feel right seeing him after being in the salon as for some treatments my clients have to remove their masks.
I suppose it would be the same from your clients point of view, they may not be high risk or have had both injections but they may care for or see someone who is high risk or not had any of their jabs yet.
It's great that your asking as it shows you care. I just get mine from Boots but you can get them from various different places, all free of charge so better to do it and feel you're doing the right thing I'd say x
 

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You can pick up lateral flow test kits from any pharmacy. You then register on the Gov.uk website to report the test.
 

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I have been testing twice a week and pick up the kits from my local pharmacy. It sounds complicated when you read the instructions at first, but once you have done a couple you remember the steps and it's very quick and easy. I have had both my first and second vaccine but have 2 children in primary school so feel that it gives me a little bit more reassurance.
 

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