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"Eligibility criteria" to be introduced for free LFTs 

Manx Care also to stop asking visitors to test before attending

Lateral flow tests won't be free for everyone from next week.

Manx Care will also stop asking visitors to do a test before attending.

As of Monday, an "eligibility criteria" is being introduced for anyone needing the at-home tests for Covid-19.

Free kits will only be made available to health and social care staff, patients attending hospital for a procedure, or those who are considered to be at a very high risk of serious illness from the virus.

Those who are eligible for free LFTs will be able to access them as below:

  • Health and Social Care staff – provided by their place of work
  • Patients with a planned hospital admission – provided by the Preoperative Assessment Clinic

Everyone else will have to buy them from local pharmacies.

However, if the risk to the general public increases again, then universal free tests will be re-introduced.

You can find out more information here.

From the same date, visitors to the prison or any of Manx Care's health and social care settings, won't be asked to do a test before arriving.

Meanwhile, Manx Care has also announced it will no longer be providing PCR tests from 31 August.

Travel-related PCR testing must be done through a private entity on the Island, or can be booked through most major UK airports.

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