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Covid testing

There are two main types of test for Covid, one for people who have symptoms and one for people who do not have symptoms.

Getting a test if you have Covid symptoms

If you have any of the COVID symptoms (a high temperature, a new continuous cough or a change to sense of taste or smell) you must self-isolate and book a test by visiting Testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) - NHS or calling 119.

You will be given a testing slot at one of the local testing sites for what is known as a PCR test (Polymerase Chain Reaction). These are sent away to a lab to provide a positive or negative diagnosis of Covid. If the PCR test comes back negative, you can attend/book appointments.

If the test is positive, you need to self-isolate for 10 days and wait four weeks from the date of your test before attending or booking a Covid vaccination appointment. You may attend all other appointments, such as those with a GP, nurse or Healthcare Assistant after their 10 days of self-solation providing they have no symptoms.

Getting regular tests if you have no Covid symptoms

If you have no symptoms you should test yourself every 3-4 days, even if you have had one or two doses of your vaccination. This is by a Lateral Flow test (LFT). You can do a test at home or visit a local testing site to have a test. Test kits can be ordered online or collected from local pharmacies and other sites.

  • Details of how to get home test kits delivered to your door can be found here.
  • Details about local testing sites in Warwickshire can be found here.
  • Details about local testing sites in Coventry can be found here.

The LFT test applies a swab sample to an absorbent pad. The sample runs along the surface of the pad, showing at the end a visual positive or negative result. If this test is positive, the patient then needs to have a PCR test and wait for the results.