COVID-19 testing is available across Northamptonshire, in a variety of forms, depending on whether you have symptoms or not.
For residents experiencing symptoms, you will need to get a PCR test, this is known as
For residents who are not experiencing symptoms but need or want to be tested regularly, you are required to take a Lateral Flow Device (LFD) test, this is a form of
Remember! If you test positive at any of the sites you will be required to self-isolate by law. If you are tested positive at an
asymptomatic testing site, then you will need to go for a confirmatory PCR test.
Types of COVID-19 testing
Symptomatic PCR Testing
PCR tests are mainly used to confirm coronavirus cases in people with symptoms. If you have symptoms, you should begin self-isolation and while you are waiting for your test result, you must continue to self-isolate.
A PCR test works by swabbing the inside of your nose and the back of your throat. The sample is sent to a lab and you usually get a result in a couple of days.
Get a PCR test as soon as possible if you have any of these symptoms:
Testing for people with symptoms
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
Asymptomatic LFD Testing (rapid testing)
If you test positive using a LFD then you must self-isolate for 10 days as per the current guidance.
However, since 30 March 2021, anyone who has had a positive result with an LFD test has been encouraged to take a follow-up PCR.
The follow-up test uses the lab-processed “gold standard” PCR test. This means that, if you have a positive LFD test and then a negative PCR within 48 hours you will no longer be legally required to isolate, and you and your contacts will receive a message from NHS Test and Trace informing you of this.
For further information on asymptomatic testing and how to book, go to our asymptomatic testing page.
Testing for people without symptoms