Getting tested for coronavirus (Covid-19)

You can get a free Covid-19 test to check if you have coronavirus. The two most commonly used tests are:

  • PCR tests (mainly for people with symptoms)
  • rapid lateral flow tests (only for people with no symptoms)

Further information is available below on the situation that applies to you: 

Do you have any of the following coronavirus symptoms? 

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

If you have symptoms you should book a free PCR test as soon as possible and self-isolate immediately.

You can book in for a test at a mobile testing unit, a fixed drive-in site or walk through sites. If you cannot get to a test site you can order a home test kit online or by calling 119.

Information on local test sites

Around one in three people have coronavirus without showing any symptoms. Asymptomatic testing aims to identify people with COVID-19 who do not have symptoms, facilitate support for those who have to self-isolate. 

Anyone in England who does not have symptoms can now get regular rapid lateral flow tests to check for coronavirus.

 Information on asymptomatic testing 

Covid-19 rapid lateral flow tests are available for anyone who is over the age of 18 in line with new Government guidance.

People can order home testing kits online or by calling 119 and are asked to take a test twice a week. 

Further information on twice-weekly testing for parents

Times are challenging for many businesses, which are working hard to keep their customers and workforce safe, and their premises Covid-secure.

Testing people without symptoms can help identify cases quickly and help break the chain of transmission. This will reduce the impact on your workforce, and also on local NHS services.

More information on workforce testing


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