Symptomatic testing

For residents experiencing symptoms, you will need to get a PCR test, this is known as symptomatic testing.



Remember! If you test positive at any of the sites you will be required to self-isolate by law.

You should get a PCR test as soon as possible if you have any of these symptoms or if you think you may have COVID-19:

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

If you have symptoms, you should begin self-isolation immediately, book a test and continue to isolate whilst you are waiting for your test result.

See more information about COVID-19 symptoms on the NHS webpages.

Booking a PCR test

You can book a PCR test online or by calling 119.

If you are unable to travel to a testing site, you are able to order a home testing kit online or by calling 119. You must order a home-test kit within 7 days of developing symptoms.

You must register your home-test kit so that your results can be sent to you and you must post the kit back using a Royal Mail priority postbox or by a bookable courier service. See more information on home-test kits.

Confirmatory PCR testing for asymptomatic cases

If you test positive using a LFD then you must self-isolate for 10 days as per the current guidance. However, from 30 March 2021, anyone who has had a positive result with an LFD test will be encouraged to take a follow-up PCR.

This means that, if you have a positive LFD test and then a negative PCR within 48 hours of the first positive 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.