Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updates on council services, health advice, and support available for residents and businesses.

COVID-19 - Symptom-free testing

Questions and answers

This page provides answers to your frequently asked questions about symptom-free testing in Swindon.

Updated: 9 April 2021

Can the opening hours be increased? I am not able to attend a site during the current opening times.

Evening appointments and weekend appointments are available at selected sites. If our opening hours are not convenient for you, please consider accessing testing through one of the other routes available

How can businesses access testing for their staff?

Find out about workplace coronavirus testing at GOV.UK.

Do I have to get tested twice a week?

Twice weekly is the most effective way to use symptom-free testing. However, it is up to the individual to decide how often they want to, or are able to get tested.

How soon after a positive test can I start testing again?

You should not take a symptom-free test within 90 days of a positive test for coronavirus. This is true whether the positive test was a Lateral Flow Device (LFD) test or a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test. An LFD test is for people without coronavirus symptoms, while a PCR test is for people with coronavirus symptoms.

You should get a PCR test during this 90-day period if you develop new coronavirus symptoms.

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