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
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.
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.
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 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 tests through their school testing programme. For more information visit our schools, education and childcare page.
If you have symptoms, you must book a test on GOV.UK or call 119.
Collect home rapid testing kits
You can collect free home rapid testing kits from:
- 12 local libraries
- the mobile facility (a specially equipped van)
- some local pharmacies – visit the NHS website to find your nearest pharmacy
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.
You can also order home rapid testing kits on GOV.UK.
We have 2 mobile testing vans that will visit different locations across the area.
Due to a breakdown there will be no mobile testing van at Cadbury Heath or Asda Cribbs Causeway on Monday 26 July 2021
- Cadbury Heath Community 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
- Emersons Green (Bottegino’s) 9am to 12pm
- Yate Shopping centre (by Argos and The Entertainer) 9am to 12pm
- Hawkesbury Village Hall 2pm to 5pm
- Page Park, Staple Hill 2pm to 5pm
- Staple Hill (Fountain Square Band Stand) 9am to 12pm
- Winterbourne High Street, outside Winterbourne Academy 9am to 12pm
- Marshfield Community Centre 2pm to 5pm
- Mangotsfield car park (by the school) 2pm to 5pm
- Longwell Green (ASDA) 9am to 12pm
- Charfield Community Centre 2pm to 5pm
- Frenchay Parish Hall 2pm to 5pm
- Stoke Gifford (Sainsbury’s) 9am to 12pm
- Severn Beach Village Hall 2pm to 5pm
- Downend Co-op car park 2pm to 5pm
- Thornbury High Street (17 High St) from 9am to 12pm
- Kingswood High Street (open space near Iceland Foods) from 2pm to 5pm
- Patchway Community Centre from 9am to 12pm
- Pucklechurch Community Centre from 2pm to 5pm
How to do a home rapid test
You can watch Dr Amir Khan in a video showing how to test yourself for coronavirus (Covid-19) using a home rapid test kit.
The video also covers how to read your result and report it to the NHS. (Actual test kits may vary slightly from the version used in the video, so always check the instruction leaflet in your kit).
Rapid 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 Covid-19 tests since March.
Primary school age children do not need to have rapid tests.
We have guidance to help you understand testing for children and young people.
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 testing, find out about our testing for people who do not have Covid-19 symptoms.
Self-isolating and Covid-19 symptoms
It’s a legal requirement to self-isolate if you are told to by NHS Test and Trace.
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.
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 to self-isolate because you have been in contact with someone who has had a positive test result.
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 groups
If you are self-isolating because you have Covid-19 or you have been in contact with someone who tested positive, 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.