Testing for Covid-19
The testing programme for Covid-19 is playing a vital role in helping to keep us all safe by identifying those who have the virus so that they can self-isolate and avoid passing the virus to others.
Around one in three people with Covid-19 do not have any symptoms.
Take a rapid lateral flow test, even if you have no symptoms. This is especially important if you plan to visit people who are at higher risk of severe illness if they get Covid-19. You are at higher risk of catching Covid-19 in crowded places, especially indoors.
There is national guidance on coronavirus testing, how to get tested and the different types of test available on the GOV.UK website.
Testing if you have symptoms
There are three testing units in Herefordshire:
- Hereford - Merton Meadow overflow car park, with access from the link road
- Leominster - Broad Street car park
- Ross-on-Wye - Wilton Road car park
If you are symptomatic, you can book online for a Covid-19 test at a centre or request a home test kit.
Test results are sent by text, usually within 48 hours of a swab being taken.
If you do not have a mobile phone to access the test result text service and/or need to speak with the NHS Coronavirus testing service, you can dial 119 from any phone.
Testing if you are symptom-free
Around one in three people who are infected with Covid-19 have no symptoms so could be spreading the disease without knowing it. Rapid testing using lateral flow test devices, is a fast and simple way to test people who do not have symptoms of Covid-19, but who may still be positive and spreading the virus.
We have a number of symptom-free testing sites available for residents who live or work in Herefordshire and do not have any symptoms of Covid-19.
Take a rapid lateral flow test if you expect there will be a period of higher risk that day, particularly if you are visiting people who are at higher risk of severe illness if they were infected with Covid-19.
Or we have regular pop up sites where you can pick up a testing kit and in some cases get tested too.
Lateral flow test results
The instructions included with your test kit explain what to do if your test is positive, negative or void. It also explains how to register with NHS Test and Trace.
If the result is positive, you must:
After reporting a positive lateral flow test result, you will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace so that your contacts can be traced and you must continue to self-isolate.
In the following circumstances you will also need to book a confirmatory PCR test:
- If you are eligible for the £500 Test and Trace Support Payment (TTSP) to enable you to access financial support
- If you are participating in research or surveillance programmes you may still be asked to book a follow-up PCR test, according to the research or surveillance protocol
The NHS Covid-19 app, available to download for free in England and Wales, is the fastest way to see if you're at risk from coronavirus. The faster you know, the quicker you can alert and protect your loved ones and community.
Protect your loved ones. Download the app.