Covid-19 community surge testing
Community surge testing can help us learn more about new variants of Covid-19 and reduce the spread of infection.
Community surge testing is taking place from Monday 1 March until Sunday 14 March.
We strongly advise that you get tested if you are eligible. You only need to take one test in this two-week period.
Do not get this test if you have coronavirus symptoms. You should book a test on GOV.UK or call 119.
- Who can get tested
- Where to get tested
- Get a test to take at home (collect and drop centres)
- Returning your home test after Sunday 14 March
- Request a home test kit to be delivered
- What test is used
- After you take a test
- Returning to school
Who can get tested
You can get a test at one of our community surge testing sites or pick up a test from a collect and drop centre.
To be eligible for a test you must:
- not have symptoms of Covid-19 (you are ‘asymptomatic’)
- be 16 years or older
- live in one of the postcodes below
You can also get a test if you travel to these postcodes for work, education or to visit someone in your support bubble.
If you have had a positive test result in the past 90 days you should not take a community surge test.
You can still get a community surge test if you have been vaccinated or are having regular rapid tests (lateral flow tests) for work.
The postcodes are:
Each postcode is split as it would be if written down. The number after a space is the first number of the second part of the postcode.
Testing for people with disabilities
You can collect tests for people who cannot leave their home or who would prefer to do their test at home from the collect and drop centres. Alternatively you can request a home test kit to be delivered.
Where to get tested
Community surge testing sites
The two community surge testing sites or mobile testing units (MTUs) are open from Monday 1 March every day up to and including Sunday 14 March.
- Parkway Station North Park and Ride, Hunts Ground Road, Stoke Gifford, BS34 8PU
- Coach Park at The Mall Cribbs Causeway, Highwood Rd, Patchway, BS34 5SP
Open from 9am to 6pm. These sites offer walk-up and drive-through testing.
You do not need an appointment.
Do not come to a community surge testing site if you:
- are self-isolating after a positive coronavirus test, or have been told to by NHS Test and Trace
- have symptoms of coronavirus
- do not live, work in, or have a support bubble with someone in one of the postcodes
When you come for a test
- wear a face covering unless you are exempt
- follow social distancing rules
You do not need to bring ID or proof of address.
We cannot help you take the test, you will need to do this yourself.
Watch this short video from the Department of Health and Social Care that explains how to take a test.
Get a test to take at home (collect and drop centres)
You can get a test to use at home from one of our collect and drop centres if you cannot get to a community surge testing site. Someone else can collect a test for you.
The collect and drop centres are dependant on government supply of the tests. Centres may need to close early so regularly check this page and our social media channels.
The collect and drop centres are:
- Patchway Community Centre, Rodway Rd, Patchway, Bristol BS34 5PF
- Little Stoke Community Centre, Little Stoke Lane, Little Stoke, BS34 6HR
- Bradley Stoke Jubilee Centre, Savages Wood Road, Bradley Stoke, BS32 8HL (not open on Friday 5 March)
- Baileys Court Activity Centre, Bailey Court Road, Bradley Stoke BS32 8BH
- Coniston Community Centre, The Parade, Coniston Rd, Patchway BS34 5LP
Open from 9am to 5pm.
You do not need an appointment.
Collect a test from the centre nearest to you. Take it home to complete safely, bring it back and give it to somebody at the centre you collected it from (on the same day, or within a few days).
The last day you can collect a test is Sunday 14 March.
Returning your home test after Sunday 14 March
All tests must be returned by 5pm on Monday 15 or Tuesday 16 March to any of the collect and drop centres, apart from Baileys Court which is only open on Monday 15 March.
Request a home test kit to be delivered
We can deliver a test kit to your home if you are not able to go to a community surge test site or a collect and drop centre because you are:
- caring for someone
- affected by mobility issues
Our team will drop a test kit to you and collect it the next day.
To arrange a home delivery you can:
- Call 01454 864040 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm)
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org (before Friday 12 March)
If the call goes to voicemail leave your name and phone number for a call back.
You can read our privacy notice on how we manage your data.
What test is used
We use standard PCR tests. These tests take a swab of the nose and throat, which are sent to laboratories to be analysed.
PCR testing is used because it allows public health agencies to carry out an important process called genomic sequencing. Genomic sequencing is the process of testing a sample of the virus in order to map its genetic sequence.
This helps public health agencies to monitor and understand the evolution of new Covid-19 variants and respond accordingly.
After you take a test
You must register your coronavirus test online (GOV.UK) or call 119 within 24 hours. You will need to scan or manually enter your barcode and the test site code for the community surge testing site if you visited one.
- Parkway Park & Ride (Stoke Gifford) – site code: WDO
- The Mall Coach Park – site code: WDP
After your test you should follow the national lockdown guidance and only self-isolate if you test positive, have any symptoms, or are contact traced by NHS Test and Trace.
It can take up to three days to get your test result, this will be sent by text or email from NHS Test and Trace.
You do not need to self-isolate while you wait for your test result; you can still go out to work if you cannot work from home or to buy essential food but you must follow the current national lockdown guidance.
If your test is positive
If you receive a positive test result from your Covid-19 community surge test you do not need to go back for a further test.
You must self-isolate in line with NHS guidance if you have a positive test result.
If your test is negative
If your test result is negative continue to follow the current national lockdown guidance (GOV.UK).
Returning to school
We are not expecting a change in the government plan that all students return to school from Monday 8 March.
We are following the Department for Education guidance and have our own local:
- information about testing
- risk prevention measures
- further safety advice for schools (inside and outside the classroom)