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COVID-19 - Symptom-free testing

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Help stop the spread of COVID-19 in Swindon.

Anyone in England who does not have COVID-19 symptoms can now get regular tests to check for coronavirus.

Find out all the ways you can access testing on the NHS website.

About symptom-free testing

Lateral flow tests are used to test people without coronavirus symptoms. Lateral flow tests are able to generate results quickly and will help to identify infectious people in the community who are spreading COVID-19. The test involves taking a swab of the inside of your nose and the back of your throat (tonsil), using a long cotton bud.

We have a number of symptom-free testing sites in Swindon, which all residents are now able to use.

You can choose to either:

  • walk-in and collect home testing kits, subject to availability
  • book an assisted test at one of our sites (this is recommended if it your first time testing)

It is important that everybody makes use of this testing offer, as around one in three people who have coronavirus do not display any symptoms. This means residents could be passing on the virus to their loved ones without knowing. All residents are encouraged to test twice a week.

Please note: You should continue to take symptom-free tests regularly even if you have had the COVID-19 vaccination.

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Home testing kits

All residents are now able to collect home testing kits from our symptom-free testing sites to test their household, childcare bubble or support bubble, subject to availability.

Please check the opening hours of the site you wish to attend before making the journey. If you are collecting home testing kits you do not need to book an appointment, simply turn up during opening hours.

Symptom-free testing site locations

You can also choose to order home testing kits online.

Important information about collecting tests

If it is your first time doing a test, we advise that you complete a test on site with the assistance of testing staff. This will give you confidence to carry out tests independently at home in the future.

Parking is available at each of our symptom-free testing sites. When on site please follow social distancing rules and wear your face covering at all times.

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Assisted testing on site

Booking a testing appointment

If you would like to complete a symptom-free test onsite with the assistance of testing staff, you must book an testing appointment online via the link below. You will be given a choice of available slots. Select the one you want and complete your details.

Once you’ve completed your booking, you will receive a confirmation email containing details of your appointment. Please read this carefully and keep hold of it for future reference.

Book a symptom-free test

Important

If you are experiencing symptoms of coronavirus then you should not book a symptom-free test. Instead, you should self-isolate immediately and book an NHS test online or by calling 119. NHS tests are specifically for people with coronavirus symptoms.

Cancelling a booking

If you no longer require your test, you should cancel your booking via the link in your booking confirmation email. This will allow somebody else to make use of your appointment.

What you need to bring to your appointment

You must bring the following to your appointment:

  • Test booking confirmation email
  • Your mobile phone to register when you arrive

When you arrive for your appointment

We request that you do not arrive more than five minutes before your appointment.

Parking is available at each of our symptom-free testing sites. When on site please follow social distancing rules and wear your face covering at all times, except when you are doing your swab.  

Once registered, a member of staff will explain how to do the test. If you are getting tested regularly, you may want to consider creating an NHS account which will save you five minutes every time you go to get tested.

What to expect at your appointment

This will be a self-test, which means you will be required to do the swab yourself in a booth, under the supervision of testing staff. The booths will be cleaned after each person.

You must wear a face covering when you visit a symptom-free testing site. You should only remove your face covering when you are doing your swab.

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After taking a test (on site or at home)

Once you have taken your test, either at home or at a testing site, you should continue with your day. You do not need to wait at the testing site for your result.

You will receive your test result back within two hours of completing your test. Although unlikely, if you do not receive your test result back within 12 hours you should book another test.

Getting a negative result

It is really important that even if you receive a negative test result, you still continue to follow the hands, face, space guidance and abide by current national restrictions.

Getting a positive result

A positive result means it's likely you had coronavirus (COVID-19) when the test was done.

If you did the test at home using a home testing kit and the result was positive:

Continue to self-isolate until you get the result of the PCR test back. Follow the advice you're given when you get the result.

If you did the test at one of our symptom-free testing sites and the result was positive:

Continue to self-isolate until you get the result of the PCR test back. Follow the advice you're given when you get the result.

If you test positive for COVID-19 you may be able to receive financial help. Find out more about the Test and Trace support payment scheme.

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