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My experience of performing a Lateral Flow Test without any sight

Unfortunately, I started getting symptoms of Covid-19 a few days ago. 

Although I had been assisted to do a test previously, I had not previously had an opportunity to examine the contents of the home test box as the volunteer had set the test up for me.  Knowing that 119 ask for the test number (to record your positive result), I knew I would need some sighted assistance.   

I spent some time trying to track down some test assistance, local to me in Runnymede but was unable to find any.  The Coalition looked up my nearest walk in test centre, and this was some way away, which would have meant me exposing a taxi driver to a potential covid infection.  I was unable to use the Be My Eyes mobile phone app to help because I had some internet problems and I also felt it would have been too fiddly to hold a phone and do the test.     

Luckily, Bev at Sight for Surrey agreed to try giving me some remote assistance. 

First of all, with the internal tray of many bits and pieces, I presented them to the camera for Bev to identify.

The various packets contained the Swab, the bottle holder and the bag of nozzles and the bag of disposal bags.

With the essential pieces on a tray on my lap, I performed the various stages under Bev’s guidance.

First of all, I placed the bottle in its square bottle holder.

The next step was to place the swab in my nostrils in turn, twizzling the swab in my sinuses.

Holding the swab stick vertically, I placed the stick in the bottle  before popping the nozzle on top of the bottle.

The rectangular testing box has a circular hole and beside it the long trough like space where the indication of the analysis appears.

The swab stick had been soaked for about a minute.

The bottle was now pushed gently into the hole on the box. Four gentle squeezes put the analysis indicator fluid into the tester. The bottle is made of soft plastic and I could hear the fluid going into the hole in the tester.

It sounded like squeezing the last drops of washing up liquid to do the washing up!

After 15 minutes by holding the tester in front of my web camera, Bev was able to see that I had two red lines.

As of about 11.10 a.m. Friday March 18 I am still Covid positive!

The final step was for Bev to be able to read the code numbers on the tester through my webcam.  Unfortunately, Bev was unable to see the numbers clearly. 

I placed the tester trough side down on the scanner glass and performed a “Scan and Read” using Supernova Screen Reader Version 21.1, this worked perfectly and I soon had the code! 

May I say a big thankyou to Bev at Sight for Surrey for helping make this possible.

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  1. […] Jonathan’s Blog on taking a Lateral Flow Test – We know that Covid cases are rising again and a few of our members have tested positive recently.  Jonathan, our Chair, who is visually impaired, wanted to share his experience of taking a Lateral Flow test without any sight.  If you would like to read Jonathan’s blog please click here. […]

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