COVID-19 testing for people without symptoms
Everyone in England can now access free, regular, rapid tests for coronavirus.
Getting into the habit of twice weekly testing as part of our everyday lives will help us all to play our part and do what we can to keep each other safe.
- This testing is for individuals who are not showing any COVID-19 symptoms but may be inadvertently passing the virus on to others.
- If you have any COVID-19 symptoms (a new, continuous cough, high temperature, or loss or change to your sense of smell or taste), you should self-isolate and book a test by visiting www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
How can I get twice-weekly testing?
To test for COVID-19 if you do not have any symptoms, choose one of the following ways that suits you best:
- Community testing
The council has local community testing sites across the borough where you swab yourself under the supervision of a trained operator to test for COVID-19.
- 'Community Collect' home-test service
Anyone who is not showing any COVID-19 symptoms can get a twice-weekly home test, which can be collected or delivered to your home.
- Pharmacy collect
Pick up a free box of home test kits from your local pharmacy. Calling ahead to check stock availability is advised.
- Workplace testing
This includes testing sites, where you can take a supervised test, and workplace collect, where you can pick up a box of tests to use at home.
Speak with your employer to check if this is available and to find out more.
Secondary school and college students will continue to be provided with tests to use at home twice a week, throughout term time and the holidays.
What to do following your test
- If you test positive, self-isolate immediately to avoid passing the virus on to others.
- If you receive a negative test, continue to follow the guidelines of Hands, Face, Space, and Fresh Air.