There are several different tests and ways of accessing them.
Regular asymptomatic testing using a Lateral Flow Test (LFT) should be part of our regular weekly routine. It is recommended that you get 2 tests per week. These tests are quick and simple to use and give you a result in 30 minutes.
If you test positive using a Lateral Flow Test or if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 you should take a PCR test. These tests are sent to a lab, so it takes longer to gain a result. The results are more accurate than an LFT and can be used by anyone who already has symptoms or to confirm an LFT positive result. As PCR tests are carried out in a laboratory, the strain of virus can also be identified which can help prevent the spread of variants such as the South African variant.
Use the links below to see how you can access these tests.
Home Test Kits
Anyone over the age of 18 can now collect or order home testing kits. They are available from all of our test sites and various pharmacies around the county. Find your nearest collection point from the NHS Test and Trace website, here.
Community testing is for those who are currently showing no symptoms of Covid-19 and to protect workers who are unable to work from home and are coming into contact with the public regularly.
If you have symptoms of coronavirus which are any of:
- a new, continuous cough
- a high temperature, and
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
you should get a test.
You should also get a test if you have had a positive Lateral Flow Test and been advised to by NHS Test and Trace.
The latest advice for parents with children of school age, including details on COVID-19 home testing kits.
The NHS has put together guidance on the different types of tests with details of what the results from your test mean on their website.