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COVID-19

Lateral Flow Testing

People who are in a household, childcare or support bubble with a nursery, school or college staff member or pupil are encouraged to get twice-weekly lateral flow tests.

Rapid lateral flow tests are for people without symptoms (asymptomatic). They can quickly identify people who don't have COVID-19 symptoms but who are infectious.

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms should self-isolate and book a PCR test immediately. Do NOT do a lateral flow test if you have symptoms.

If you have symptoms and get a negative lateral flow test, you should still isolate and book a PCR test.

You can get a lateral flow test by:

* Fixed testing sites are where people with COVID-19 symptoms can get a PCR test, between 8am and 12pm (you must book first). Drive-through lateral follow test collection is available from 1pm – there's no need to book.

The national COVID-19 Test and Vaccination Site Finder will help you find your nearest test centre: https://maps.test-and-trace.nhs.uk/findatestcenter.html.

What happens if I get a positive test? 

If the lateral flow test is positive and was done at home then it is necessary to book a confirmatory PCR test either online or by calling 119. In the meantime you and your household should self-isolate.

If the lateral flow test is positive and was done at a community, school or workplace testing site, this is an assisted test and there's no need for a confirmatory PCR test. You and your household should self-isolate straight away. 

What happens if I get a negative test?

If the lateral flow test is negative you could still be infectious so continue to follow the usual precautions such as hand washing, wearing a mask and social distancing.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms and get a negative lateral flow test, you should self-isolate and book a PCR test. Do NOT do a lateral flow test if you have symptoms.

How many kits can I pick up?

You can collect two test kits, each contains seven tests. This is enough for seven weeks of twice-weekly tests. If you are not able to collect in person, you can order online where you will receive one test kit for each order.