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Testing without symptoms

Coronavirus Stay at Home

If you do not have COVID-19 symptoms

This programme is available at:

We will expand this into other parts of the borough as the programme develops.

The testing centres are for people who need weekly or twice weekly testing. This includes people who cannot work from home and come into contact with others, those who work with vulnerable people and people who provide unpaid support to family or friends who could not manage without their help.

You do not need an appointment to get tested. You can arrive at a time that suits you - although if the test centre is busy you may have to queue.

The test centres are open from 9am to 7pm from Monday to Friday, and from 9am to 1pm on Saturdays.

Testing for children

Children and young people under the age of 18 can attend these centres for regular and rapid COVID-19 testing if they do not have symptoms.

  • Children aged 11 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who can carry out the test on the child and is comfortable doing so.
  • Children aged between 12 and 15 may carry out the test themselves under supervision of their parent or guardian.
  • Young people aged between 16 and 17 can carry out the test themselves and do not need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

What is the test?

You carry out the Lateral Flow Test (LFT) test yourself using a swab which you will rub at the back of your throat and in one nostril. The test is not painful, although it may be slightly uncomfortable.

The swab is analysed at the test centre, and your results will be sent to you by text message or email approximately half an hour after you have done your swab. If you do not have a mobile phone or email address, you can telephone 119 to receive your results instead.

You can attend for a test every week if you would like to do so. When you come to the test centre, please wear a face covering.

What happens next?

If your Lateral Flow Test (LFT) result is positive

  • You and everyone in your household must self-isolate immediately for 10 days. This is a legal requirement
  • Although you must self-isolate immediately following a positive result, the 10 days begin the day after your test date.
  • This means not leaving your house at all to reduce the spread of the infection
  • If you or anyone in your household get symptoms, they must self-isolate from the day symptoms started and for the next 10 full days

Three days after your LFT positive result, you will receive a follow-up text message to ensure you and everyone in your household continue to self-isolate for 10 days. You can return to work the day after you finish self-isolating if you have not had a high temperature in 48 hours, even if you still have a cough. Contact your employer first.

If your test result is invalid/void

If your result is invalid/void, it means it cannot be read and it is not possible to say if you had Coronavirus when the test was done. You should take another test as soon as possible at one of our Council asymptomatic testing sites.

If the LFT result is invalid a second time, you should be retested at a COVID-19 Local Testing Site. When you book a test choose 'home testing' (do not choose a test site).

While awaiting a follow-up test you only need to self-isolate if

  • you have or develop symptoms
  • someone you live with tests positive (or has symptoms and has not been tested yet)
  • you have been traced as a contact or someone who tested positive

If your test result is negative

If your result is negative, you do not need to self-isolate and you can carry on your daily activities as normal. Like everybody else, you still need to practice the preventive measures:

  • Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or using hand sanitiser, regularly throughout the day
  • Use a face covering when out and about
  • Keep at least two metres apart from others.

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