Surrey surge testing


Information and guidance

As of Saturday 20 February 2021

Surge testing in Maybury and surrounding areas within Woking Borough now completed.

The Surrey Local Resilience Forum (SLRF) has completed the latest localised surge testing operation. Thank you to all residents who completed and returned kits for analysis. And a thank you to all the volunteers who helped delivering and collecting test kits.

Receiving test results within a Localised Surge Testing Area

When should I receive my results? Most people will get their results the next day but it may take up to three days.

Why haven't I had my results? If you haven't received your results by day six, please call the NHS 119 which is open between 7am to 11pm.

Who can I call to find out my result? Please call NHS 119. The NHS will be able to provide your test result as long as it was registered, or if you took note of your barcode number.

What happens if I test positive for the South African variant?

This data will be analysed by Public Health England and nationally we are awaiting further guidance on the next steps. The same guidance for self-isolation applies to all cases that have tested positive whether for COVID-19 or for the South African variant.

  • Please don't call your GP as they will not have access to your results.
  • If you test positive as a result of this Localised Surge Testing you will be communicated with through the usual NHS Test and Trace routes. You will need to self-isolate for 10 days in the same way you would with any COVID positive result. There is no need to do anything different when testing positive to this variant as you would with a COVID-19 positive result.
  • Businesses, care settings, schools and other settings in and around the affected area will be contacted if impacted.

What guidelines apply if I live in this area?

Clarity around the "stay at home" message in these areas

To avoid confusion, it is important to stress that if you live in the Maybury and surrounding area surge testing area, national restrictions remain the same as they have been since the lockdown began on the 4 January 2021. It is essential that we all follow the Government advice to stay home and limit social contact with other households (or those outside your bubble) except:

  • To shop for basic necessities
  • To go to work if you can't work from home
  • For exercise, with your household, bubble or just you and one other person
  • To seek medical assistance or to avoid risk of harm
  • To meet your support bubble or childcare bubble
  • To attend education or childcare if you are eligible

If you have symptoms, you must stay home and book a test via the NHS website or 119.

The guidelines remain the same

Approximately 1 in 3 people who have coronavirus have no symptoms and could be spreading it without realising it. Stay home wherever possible. National lockdown guidelines can be found on the GOV.UK national lockdown guidelines.

Remember - 'Hands. Face. Space.'

  • hands – wash your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds
  • face – wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet
  • space – stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings)

Why a localised testing programme?

This follows notification that a different variant of COVID-19 has been identified from a positive test case within an area of Woking. This is known as the SARS-CoV-2 variant which originated in South Africa. Known contacts of the case have been traced and informed already.

The Surrey Local Resilience Forum has been working on the COVID response for Surrey since March 2020 and is made up of local partners including Surrey County Council, Surrey Police, District and Borough Councils, Surrey Fire and Rescue Service, local health services, volunteer organisations and others.

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Who can I contact if I have further questions?

For questions about this localised testing programme in Surrey

You can call the Surrey Community Helpline 0300 200 1008 Monday to Friday: 9am to 5pm. Saturday and Sunday 10am - 4pm SMS: 0786 0053 465 for Deaf and hearing impaired residents only (Monday to Friday: 9am to 5pm).

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Questions you may have

If you live in the testing area...

How many cases of the South African variant of COVID have been detected in the UK?

As of 16 February 2021, 141 genomically confirmed cases of the SARS-CoV-2 variant which originated in South Africa (called VOC202012/02 in the UK) have been identified in the UK.

What is being done to detect the variant?

Laboratory work has begun on the South African variant in the UK and is routinely carried out on all variants under investigation or of concern once samples are available.

What further information can you provide us about the cases?

The identity of the cases is confidential, and we cannot provide any further information.

What can I do to prevent further spread?

The best way to stop the spread of the virus is to wash your hands, wear a face covering and keep your distance from others. Whilst in lockdown, it is important that we also stay at home unless it is absolutely essential to go out

What is a PCR test?

Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests check for the genetic material (RNA) of the virus in the sample. The sample is tested in a laboratory.

Should I take part in the localised testing programme if I tested positive (Lateral Flow or PCR) for COVID-19 recently?

The national guidance is not to re-test if you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days, unless you develop symptoms. This is because the PCR test is very sensitive and can pick up old infection beyond the infectious period. However, if you wish to participate in the local testing programme and have a further positive result you will need to follow the advice given by Test and Trace.

If you are having regular lateral flow (rapid) tests for work, should I take part in local surge testing?

Yes. If you do not have symptoms and live or work in one of the eligible postcode areas you are strongly advised to take part. The localised testing programme allows public health agencies to carry out an important process called genomic sequencing which helps to monitor and understand the evolution of new COVID-19 variants and respond accordingly.

How will I receive my results?

You'll usually get a text or email with your result when it's ready. Most people get their result the next day, but it may take up to 3 days. Please don't call your GP as they will not have access to these results.

What should I do if I develop symptoms after the test?

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 (a high temperature, a new and persistent cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste), however mild, you should self-isolate for at least 10 days from when your symptoms started.

You should also get a test straight away through the NHS Test and Trace Service by calling 119 or visiting .

Once you have received your test result, you should follow the guidance on test results.

Does the COVID vaccine protect against this variant?

There is currently no evidence to suggest that vaccines will not offer protection against this variant.

I am an essential worker, can I go to work whilst awaiting my results?

Yes. If you develop symptoms you must self-isolate.

I require information in another language?

If you need a translator call us on 0300 200 1008 and we can arrange for someone to provide a translation.

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If you are working out in the community...

Do I need to take any extra precautions?

No. Continue to adopt the same level of precautions (hands, face, space) that you do now. We will keep the situation under review and will keep you informed of any changes.

Do current PPE protocols remain the same?

Yes, there are no changes at this time to PPE protocols and staff should continue to use the same level of PPE as they would usually use, as set out in national guidance.

Do I need to wear PPE / extra PPE/ different PPE?

If you usually wear PPE for your work you should continue to wear the same levels of PPE as you do now. We will keep the situation under review and will keep you informed of any changes.

Am I going to be at greater risk?

There is no suggestion that you are at any greater risk from the South African variant to other strains of Covid-19.

Is there anything I need to do differently?/ stop doing?

You should continue to follow the national lockdown rules, hands, face, space and travel only when it is essential.

Should I stop visiting patients/ clients in that area?

Community: Continue to undertake home visits as you do now and adopt the same precautions and wear the same level of PPE. We will keep the situation under review and will keep you informed of any changes.

Hospital/GPs: Local protocols are being developed for residents from this area who attend emergency departments, trauma units and GPs surgeries and these will be shared with you.

What happens if a patient I am visiting/had contact with tests positive to the South African variant ?

Regardless of variant, if you are a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case you should be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and should isolate for 10 days from the date you were last in contact with the positive case.

Do I need to be tested/have regular tests if I have been in contact with people who live in this area?

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 you should isolate for 10 days and book a test as soon as possible. If you are a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case you should be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and should isolate for 10 days from the date you were last in contact with the positive case.

Do I need to self-isolate if I have been in contact with someone from this area?

You only need to self-isolate if you or they have symptoms, have tested positive or been contacted by Test and Trace.

Will people from this area who attend emergency departments, trauma centres or GPs surgeries be treated any differently?

Local protocols are being developed by NHS Trusts/PCTs for residents from this area who attend emergency departments, trauma units and GP surgeries. These will be shared with you.

Does the South African variant have the same transmission rate?

Viruses often evolve and this is not unusual. We know that this variant is more transmissible. We are carrying out work as a priority to understand the potential risk this variant may cause.

Is it more harmful?

There is no suggestion that the South African variant is any more harmful that other Covid-19 variants.

Do we need to make any changes to the management plan for treating those patients confirmed to have this variant?

There is currently no need to make changes to the management plan for those treating patients with this variant.

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Don't be scammed - surge testing is now complete in all three surge testing areas

  • Surge testing also known as localised testing has been completed in two areas of Woking and Egham in Runnymede
  • No further testing kits will be delivered or collected door-to-door in these areas
  • The testing kits were FREE - no payment has or will be asked for now or in the future
  • Your test results will never be delivered face-to-face

Previous Surge Testing - these are now complete

A big thank you to all those residents that took part in the all three localised surge testing operations in parts of Woking and Egham. Your help and co-operation has been much appreciated. And a big thank you to all the volunteers that helped delivering and collecting test kits sometimes even in the snow.

Testing Kits from previous surge testing areas

Completed but not returned kits

  • Egham and Woking phase 1 - If you've missed the collection and drop off deadline for completed testing kits what should you do? If you have completed a test and been unable to collect from you for analysis or you are unable to drop it off, double bag the test, wait for 72 hours and then place it in your rubbish bin.
  • Woking - Maybury and surrounding areas - collection of kits finished on Saturday 20 February. Anyone who hasn't been able to hand their completed tests back to our testing team should drop them off at the Mobile Testing Unit as soon as possible. The address is the car park of James Walker Group, 147 Lion House, Oriental Road, Woking GU22 8AP which is open from 9.00am - 5.30pm every day. This will be available until Wednesday 24 February.

Un-used kits and not returned

Any un-used testing kits that your household may still have should be put into your general rubbish bin.

Director of Public Health Ruth Hutchinson video explaining Maybury surge testing

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Step by step guide to registering your testing kit online

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