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 to confirm your result as soon as possible.
  • Let your school, nursery, college or employer know your positive result
  • Self-isolate straight away and check if people you live with need to self-isolate
  • If your PCR test result comes back as negative you can stop isolating
  • If your PCR result come back as positive you 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 until you get the results.

I have symptoms of coronavirus what should I do?

You should self-isolate straight away. You should book a PCR test as soon as possible. If it is positive you 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, should I isolate?

You will not need to self-isolate if any of the following apply:

  • You're fully vaccinated - this means 14 days have passed since your final dose of a Covid-19 vaccine given by the NHS
  • You're under 18 years, 6 months old
  • You're taking part of have taken part in a Covid-19 vaccine trial
  • You're not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons

Even if you do not have symptoms, you should still get a PCR test on GOV.UK to check if you have Covid-19.

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

You will not need to self-isolate if any of the following apply:

  • You're fully vaccinated - this means 14 days have passed since your final dose of a Covid-19 vaccine given by the NHS
  • You're under 18 years, 6 months old
  • You're taking part or have taken part in a Covid-19 vaccine trial
  • You're not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons

Even if you do not have symptoms, you should still get a PCR test on GOV.UK to check if you have Covid-19.

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.