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Are you allowed to let others use your rapid lateral flow tests?

AY1975

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I was wondering if it's permissible to let others (i.e. family and close friends who you don't live with) use rapid lateral flow tests from a pack that you ordered. I would guess that even if that's discouraged or not officially allowed, that rule would be unenforceable.

The reason that I ask is that in just over a month's time I am due to attend a memorial service with my parents who I don't live with and who don't use the internet, and I am guessing that everyone attending the service may be asked to take a rapid lateral flow test on or shortly before the day of the service.

Because of this, I thought I could take some rapid lateral flow testing kits with me, get my parents to take the tests and then enter their name and address details and test results online on my smartphone on their behalf. That would seem the most obvious way round the problem of my parents not being on the internet.

I would guess that there could be a lot of elderly people (and people with learning disabilities) who don't use the internet but who want to attend events such as christenings, weddings and funerals where all attendees are asked to take rapid lateral flow tests.
 
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I'm not aware of any churches that were or are asking people to do self-testing as a condition of entry for services. Churches were closed, of course, in the 'lock-downs' and on reopening kept social distancing by either shutting off rows of pews or rearranging chairs. In recent weeks most have gone to just asking people to sit a little apart. Don't know if this comment is of any help to you, but if you know the name of the church concerned, you could try contacting them? (Use https://www.achurchnearyou.com/ to find out the contact details.)
 

P Binnersley

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If it the NHS rapid lateral flow tests there is no problem. Each individual test has an ID number which is used to report the result.

They have been handing out test kits without taking any details where I live.
 

AY1975

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I'm not aware of any churches that were or are asking people to do self-testing as a condition of entry for services. Churches were closed, of course, in the 'lock-downs' and on reopening kept social distancing by either shutting off rows of pews or rearranging chairs. In recent weeks most have gone to just asking people to sit a little apart. Don't know if this comment is of any help to you, but if you know the name of the church concerned, you could try contacting them? (Use https://www.achurchnearyou.com/ to find out the contact details.)
Yes, I did know about the "A Church Near You" website (see also this thread on attending places of worship post-lockdown: https://www.railforums.co.uk/threads/attending-places-of-worship-post-restrictions.219744/)

However, even if the church that's hosting the service doesn't insist on everyone taking tests before attending, the family who are hosting the service might still want everyone to do so as a precaution especially if they expect a lot of elderly people to attend who might feel vulnerable.
 

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Yes, the tests are not “registered” in any way to the person who ordered them, and in many cases they have Just been handed out in the street.
 

Snow1964

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Our local pharmacy lets you take a box (or 2) of 7 tests, so NHS has no idea who has them in their cupboard, and doesn’t even know if you have used them, unless you register a result.

They are not compulsory in church, or subsequent gathering in a church hall or pub anyway.

Of course, the tests won’t make any difference if someone has cold or flu etc and spreads that instead, and people are more likely to be not upto date with influenza jabs than Covid jabs.

The tests are only useful as a preventative if you take it before going, and have kept isolated for couple of days beforehand. If you catch it at a motorway service station or on public transport on route to church, a quick test unlikely to be sensitive enough to detect it anyway.
 

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No problem at all giving the test kit to someone else. And no real need to register a negative result at all, unless you need to get a text message to act as 'proof'.

There was some news coverage a couple of months ago when the National Audit Office found that 600 million of these kits were 'missing' (distributed, but the results never reported). So I think you passing a couple on to your family won't really concern anyone!

 

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There’s no law against it ;)

Side note - pretty sure a government/NHS ad I saw a few months back showed someone handing out lateral flows to his family to “look after” them.
 

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Yes, we have a box shared between us as a household. I also have got some ready for the return to university.
 

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No problem at all giving the test kit to someone else. And no real need to register a negative result at all, unless you need to get a text message to act as 'proof'.

There was some news coverage a couple of months ago when the National Audit Office found that 600 million of these kits were 'missing' (distributed, but the results never reported). So I think you passing a couple on to your family won't really concern anyone!

In any other times, this would be a massive issue, potentially billions of pounds gone AWOL. But these days we (as in the country) just shrug our shoulders, well at least until we actually have to account for this.
 

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In any other times, this would be a massive issue, potentially billions of pounds gone AWOL. But these days we (as in the country) just shrug our shoulders, well at least until we actually have to account for this.
Yes, but 'if it saves one life™'...





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In any other times, this would be a massive issue, potentially billions of pounds gone AWOL. But these days we (as in the country) just shrug our shoulders, well at least until we actually have to account for this.

Yes when we are paying 30% income tax to pay for it....
 

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