Coronavirus (Covid-19): service updates, support and health advice.

The government and NHS test and trace have the following easy read leaflets:

Testing if you have Covid-19 symptoms

The main symptoms of Covid-19 are:

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

If you have any of these symptoms, even if mild, book or order a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test as soon as possible.

You can book an appointment or order a PCR test to be delivered to your home on GOV.UK or by calling 119.

Self-isolate straight away until you get your results. Do not leave home, except to post a test kit or for a PCR test appointment.

GOV.UK has guidance on getting a PCR test if you have no symptoms.

A new Covid-19 antibody testing initiative is available to anyone who tests positive.

This will help to monitor levels of antibodies in positive cases and understand protection from antibodies after vaccination or infection.

Read more in the news article on GOV.UK: Government launches UK-wide antibody surveillance programme.

Local testing facilities

The Department of Health and Social Care runs a number of testing units in our area.

What you do when you get to a testing facility

You will be given instructions on how to take your test safely when you book. There will be signs to direct traffic and pedestrians (as appropriate) at each testing facility.

You will not be tested if you do not have an appointment.

What the test involves

The test involves taking a swab of the back of the throat and the nose.

Some tests only involve taking a swab of the nose.

You may have some mild discomfort, but it should not hurt.

Testing if you do not have Covid-19 symptoms

Rapid testing (lateral flow test)

Rapid lateral flow tests give results in 30 minutes and are vital in stopping the spread of coronavirus.

Everyone over the age of 16 without coronavirus symptoms is being encouraged to take a rapid test (lateral flow) twice a week. It is especially important that anyone working in adult social care or working with vulnerable groups gets tested twice each week.

Children and young people at secondary school or college are already taking rapid lateral flow tests through their school testing programme. For more information visit our schools, education and childcare page.

If you have symptoms, you must order or book a PCR test on GOV.UK or call 119.

Getting home rapid lateral flow testing kits

You can order home rapid lateral flow testing kits on GOV.UK.

Locally, you can collect free home rapid lateral flow testing kits from:

You now need a code to collect free lateral flow tests from a pharmacy. This helps the NHS match your details to the tests. Get a collect code on GOV.UK

Libraries offering home rapid testing kits for collection are:

  • Bradley Stoke Library
  • Cadbury Heath Library
  • Downend Library
  • Emersons Green Library
  • Filton Library
  • Hanham Library
  • Kingswood Library
  • Patchway Library
  • Staple Hill Library
  • Thornbury Library
  • Winterbourne Library
  • Yate Library

For the opening times at each library check the changes to library services during Covid-19.

You do not need an appointment to collect home rapid testing kits.

We have 2 mobile testing vans that will visit different locations across the area.

You can collect home rapid lateral flow testing kits and staff can explain how the tests can be done. If needed they can supervise you taking and registering a test if you are unsure.

Mondays:

  • Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre 9am to 12pm
  • Chipping Sodbury Town Council Offices (by the clock tower) 9am to 12pm
  • Cribbs Causeway (ASDA) 2pm to 5pm
  • Page Park, Staple Hill (by the clock tower) 2pm to 5pm

Tuesdays:

  • Emersons Green (Bottegino’s) 9am to 12pm
  • Yate Shopping centre (by Argos and The Entertainer) 9am to 12pm
  • Longwell Green Leisure Centre 2pm to 5pm
  • Page Park, Staple Hill 2pm to 5pm

Wednesdays:

  • Staple Hill (Fountain Square Band Stand) 9am to 12pm
  • Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre 9am to 12pm
  • Longwell Green Leisure Centre 2pm to 5pm
  • Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre 2pm to 5pm

Thursdays:

  • Longwell Green (ASDA) 9am to 12pm
  • Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre 9am to 11am
  • Aztec West (outside Keepmoat Homes) 2pm to 5pm
  • Cadbury Heath Juice Community Project (BS30 8EL) 12pm to 3 pm

Fridays:

  • Stoke Gifford (Sainsbury’s) 9am to 12pm
  • Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre 9am to 12pm
  • DALMO Mosque car park, Bradley Stoke 1pm to 3pm
  • Yate Shopping centre (by Argos and The Entertainer) 2pm to 5pm

Saturdays:

  • Thornbury High Street (17 High St) from 9am to 12pm
  • Kingswood High Street (open space near Iceland Foods) from 2pm to 5pm

Sundays:

  • Patchway Community Centre from 9am to 12pm
  • Patchway The Mall (car park by the Upside Down House) from 2pm to 5pm

How to do a home rapid lateral flow test

How you do the test depends on the test kit you are using.

GOV.UK have videos on how to do a rapid lateral flow test for the different kits available.

The videos also cover how to read your result and report it to the NHS.

Rapid lateral flow testing for children and young people

Secondary school and college pupils as well as staff in primary, secondary and childcare settings, have been taking regular rapid lateral flow tests since March.

Primary school age children do not need to have rapid lateral flow tests.

Workplace testing

GOV.UK has information for employers on workplace testing and the different options available.

If you have fewer than 50 employees and do not have on-site rapid lateral flow testing, find out about our testing for people who do not have Covid-19 symptoms.   

Self-isolating

You must self-isolate if you have:

• Covid-19 symptoms and are waiting for the results of a PCR test
• received a positive result from a PCR test

The NHS website has advice on self-isolation and treating coronavirus symptoms.

Changes that started on 16 August

You do not need to self-isolate after close contact with someone who has Covid-19 if you are:

  • fully vaccinated (and 14 days have passed since your final dose)
  • under 18 years and 6 months
  • part of an approved Covid-19 vaccine trial
  • not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons

NHS Test and Trace will let you know that you have been a close contact and check if you legally need to self-isolate.

If you do not need to self-isolate, you will be given advice on testing and guidance to help stop the spread of Covid-19.

GOV.UK has the full guidance for:

Test and Trace self-isolation support payment

You may be eligible for the Test and Trace self-isolation support payment if you have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace and are on a low income.

You can be fined if you do not stay at home and self-isolate following:

  • a positive test result for Covid-19
  • being contacted by NHS Test and Trace and instructed that you legally need to self-isolate

People fully vaccinated or under 18 will not need to self-isolate after close contact with someone who has Covid-19. GOV.UK has the full guidance.

It is also an offence to knowingly provide false information about your close contacts to NHS Test and Trace.

Failure to comply may result in a fine of up to £10,000.

Help from community support

If you are self-isolating there are community support groups that can help you.

Search our community support directory for groups that provide local help and support, such as food shopping, prescription collection and dog walking.

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