Testing and self-isolating
- Testing if you have Covid-19 symptoms
- Testing if you do not have Covid-19 symptoms
- Self-isolating and Covid-19 symptoms
- Test and Trace self-isolation support payment
We have guidance to help you understand the types of Covid-19 testing available.
The government and NHS test and trace have the following easy read leaflets:
- How to test yourself for Covid-19 before you go to hospital
- How to test yourself for Covid-19 at home
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
Government guidance says that people with symptoms of coronavirus should book a test and only leave their home to have the test.
You can book a test on GOV.UK or by calling 119.
Local testing facilities
The Department of Health and Social Care runs a number of testing units in our area.
There is a long term facility at the University of the West of England (Frenchay campus) and mobile units that travel to different locations.
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 nose and the back of the throat.
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)
Everyone over the age of 16 without coronavirus symptoms are being encouraged to take a rapid test (lateral flow) twice a week.
If you have symptoms, you must book a test at GOV.UK or call 119.
Rapid tests give results in 30 minutes and are vital in stopping the spread of coronavirus.
You can collect home rapid testing kits from our local testing sites.
- Cleve RFC, The Hayfields, Cossham St BS16 9EN
- Yate Courtside Carpark, BS37 4DQ
- BAWA Healthcare and Leisure 589 Southmead Road, Filton BS34 7RG
Open from 2.30pm to 8pm, seven days a week.
Kits can also be collected from our rapid testing sites.
- Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre, Fiddlers Wood Lane, Bradley Stoke BS32 9BS
- Kingswood Leisure Centre, Church Road BS16 4RH (every day except Tuesday and Thursday)
- Yate Parish Hall, Station Road, BS37 4PQ
Open from 8.30am to 5.30pm (to 7.30pm Monday and Wednesday) seven days a week.
You can collect a maximum of two boxes, each box includes 7 test kits.
You do not need an appointment to collect home rapid testing kits.
Children and young people at secondary school or college are already being tested regularly. For more information visit our schools, education and childcare page.
Primary school age children do not need to have rapid tests.
We have guidance to help you understand testing for children and young people.
Regular workplace testing for those without symptoms is now available. Rapid tests (lateral flow) can identify positive cases of Covid-19 so that people can self-isolate and break the chain of transmission.
Results are easy to read and available within 30 minutes.
Eligibility for workplace testing
Rapid tests (lateral flow) are for people who are 16 years or older without coronavirus symptoms.
Businesses registered in England who have employees who are unable to work from home are eligible.
Local businesses (including those with fewer than 50 employees) are encouraged to set up on-site rapid testing for their employees.
Visit GOV.UK to find out more about workplace testing and the different options available.
If you have fewer than 50 employees and do not have on-site rapid testing, find out about our testing for people who do not have Covid-19 symptoms.
Self-isolating and Covid-19 symptoms
The NHS website has advice on self-isolation and treating coronavirus symptoms.
You can also watch the short video below explaining the symptoms of Covid-19, and read our when to self-isolate guidance.
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.