Covid-19 testing FAQs

What do I do if?

I don't have coronavirus symptoms and would like to get a lateral flow test regularly
If you are: Community testing centre At your workplace, if available Home test kit
A student in a secondary school or college - - Available from school or college
Staff working at an early years setting, nursery, school or college - - Available from your employer
Working in a wide range of related occupations to nurseries, early years setting, school and college. See examples Find out more or book a test Contact your employer To collect a kit, find your nearest site
Order a kit to be delivered
An adult who lives in a household, childcare bubble or support bubble with someone who works at or goes to a nursery, school or college Find out more or book a test Contact your employer To collect a kit, find your nearest site
Order a kit to be delivered
Other adults who work but cannot work at home Find out more or book a test Contact your employer -

Some employers may also be able to provide home test kits.

I have tested positive on a lateral flow test (also called asymptomatic or LFD test)?
  • Register your result and book a PCR test as soon as possible.
  • Let your school, nursery, college or employer know your positive result so that contacts from the two days before you took the test can isolate
  • Self-isolate with your household and tell other close contacts to isolate until you receive your PCR test result
  • If your PCR test result comes back as negative you and your close contacts can stop isolating
  • If your PCR result come back as positive you and your close contacts need to keep isolating, NHS Test and Trace will tell you when you can stop isolating
I have tested positive for coronavirus, after my isolation period should I start LFD testing again?

No, you should wait 90 days after you took your positive test before starting LFD testing again.

If you get coronavirus symptoms again you should book a PCR test and isolate with your household contacts until you get the results.

I have symptoms of coronavirus what should I do?

You and your household contacts should self-isolate straight away. You should book a PCR test as soon as possible. If it is positive you, your household and your contacts should continue to isolate until the date given by NHS Test and Trace.

If I have coronavirus symptoms should I just use lateral flow test?

No, if you have symptoms you should book a PCR test. You shouldn't use a lateral flow test.

I am a contact of someone with coronavirus but I don't have any symptoms, I have taken a lateral flow test and I am negative, can I stop isolating?

No, as the coronavirus may still be developing you must isolate for the full isolation period to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

I am a contact of someone who has tested positive on a lateral flow test. Do I need to self-isolate?

Yes, you need to self-isolate while they get a confirmatory PCR test result. This could take up to three days. If their PCR test is negative you can stop isolating.

My child has been told to self-isolate as a result of a positive case within their school bubble. Does our whole household now need to isolate?

No, only the contact of the positive case needs to self-isolate, so the rest of the household can continue as normal.

However if the contact then develops symptoms you will need to isolate immediately and book for them to have a PCR test.

Even in the absence of symptoms the whole household can access rapid (LFD) testing kits for use at home during the contact's isolation period to prevent unknowingly transmitting infection outside of the household.

To collect a LFD kit find your nearest site

Order a LFD kit to be delivered

I can't wear a face covering or mask can I wear a visor instead?

Visors should not be worn instead of face coverings as they are not an effective face covering.

More help and information

For further information or assistance with booking an appointment for a Covid-19 test, please contact the Herefordshire Council Outbreak Control Hub at outbreakcontrolhub@herefordshire.gov.uk or call 01432 383799.