Covid-19 Testing Information
These testing locations are for the new rapid flow test and are for residents who aren't experiencing symptoms of Covid-19.
Results will be available within 20-30 minutes, helping us to identify people who have the virus but may have no symptoms.
To see this weeks testing locations and to book your test in advance please click here.
If you are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 please do not attend any of the above locations, you must isolate and book a test with the NHS by clicking here.
Why are you asking people without symptoms to get tested?
The number of cases of Covid-19 has increased very steeply and the NHS is under unprecedented pressure. We are now under a national lockdown and people must not leave or be outside their home except where necessary. This is the law. Some people may need to leave home, for example: to shop for basic necessities, go to work if they cannot work from home, or provide vital care for someone else. If people do need to leave their homes, testing is available to check whether they have the virus before they have contact with others. This is for people without symptoms of Covid-19. We know that one in three people who have coronavirus do not show symptoms which means they risk passing it on to friends and loved ones and ultimately, those who are more vulnerable.
What kind of test will I be taking?
People without symptoms can book a rapid test, also known as a lateral flow test, at one of our community testing sites.
You will be able take your test and receive your result in under an hour.
Can I only get a test if I live in an area with high cases?
No, all residents of Staffordshire without symptoms can now book a rapid test if they need to.
We will publish hotspots areas, where we'd particularly encourage people to get a test, but you can still book a test if you don't live in these areas.
How will this help?
Giving people without symptoms the opportunity to get tested quickly and conveniently means that they can check if they're infectious and isolate if they need to.
This lessens the chance of an unknowingly infectious person shopping, going to work, or visiting people they're caring for and spreading the virus further.
Do you want all residents without symptoms to get tested?
Rapid testing is available to anyone who lives or works in Staffordshire without symptoms who needs to leave the home for essential reasons such as
- shopping for essentials
- work where you cannot work from home
- carrying out caring responsibilities
But the national lockdown means we can't leave home.
You will be allowed to leave home to get a coronavirus test.
Rapid (Lateral Flow) Tests
Where can I get a test?
Rapid testing will be taking place at our community testing sites across Staffordshire.
You can check locations and availability each week on Staffordshire County Councils website https://staffordshire.zipporah.co.uk/TrackAndTrace/
Should I book a rapid test if I have symptoms
No, if you have symptoms of coronavirus – high temperature, persistent cough or loss of / change in taste or smell – you need to book a test at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119 in England and Wales, or 0300 303 2713 in Scotland and Northern Ireland
What will this test tell me?
If you get a positive result, it is likely that you were infectious at the time the test was taken.
The test cannot detect very low levels of coronavirus in a sample, so if you have only recently been infected, are in the incubation period, or if you have mostly recovered, the test may not give a positive result.
How much do I have to pay for a rapid test?
Nothing. The tests are free.
What do I do if I test positive?
If you test positive with a lateral flow test you will be told and receive your results from NHS Test and Trace via test message and email. You will need to isolate for 10 days.
I'm worried about getting tested and not being able to go to work
Eligible individuals who test positive will be entitled to the £500 Test and Trace Support Payment in the same way as a regular test through NHS Test and Trace. Please note the government has laid down eligibility criteria for these payments.
What do I do if I test negative?
Continue to follow the preventative measures currently recommended for stopping the spread of the virus and stay at home as much as possible.
Can I get tested more than once?
Yes, you can take as many tests are you want but we advise you wait at least five days between your tests.