Norse Group’s Lateral Flow Response Team is continuing to play a vital role to help stem the spread of Covid-19, passing a significant milestone last week.

More than 25,000 tests have now been observed by our teams since the start of this year, as rapid community testing teams have been deployed to over 125 different sites throughout Norfolk.

The testing programme, which is being delivered on behalf of Norfolk County Council and the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), has helped to quickly identify asymptomatic people with the virus, with results in just 30 minutes of taking an observed self-administered nasal and throat test.

Working together in close partnership with Norfolk public health and district councils, the Lateral Flow Response Team has been able to quickly mobilise small testing hubs to a wide variety of settings.

From community centres and public halls, to car parks and shopping centres – testing teams have continued to travel far and wide to help break chains of community transmission, and protect the NHS and ultimately help to save lives.

People returning a positive result are requested to self-isolate and book a confirmatory PCR test – which offers much greater levels of accuracy – at the larger county testing sites or order online.

Since the rollout of the service in January 2021, our teams have received widespread praise from the general public and our partners at Norfolk County Council and district councils – with public health officials commending the excellence and quality of the service delivered.

Norse Operational Support Manager, Stuart Bedford, said: “Our rapid response teams have done a fantastic job, providing this vital service which has helped to protect our local communities.

“Successfully delivering over 25,000 tests and over 1,450 testing sessions is a significant achievement and is testament to the professionalism and ongoing hard work of everyone involved.

“We have all seen that there is no one solution to containing the spread of the virus, which remains in high circulation throughout parts of the county. However, rapid testing continues to play an important role in breaking chains of transmission, as we all remain focused on delivering this frontline service.”

Norse Group Chief Executive Officer, Dean Wetteland, added: “We are honoured to be part of this important scheme, which has been an excellent collaborative effort by all parties involved.

“This type of work plays to our capability to respond quickly and effectively to set up vital frontline services, with our close partnership approach also playing a key role in the project’s success.”