Asymptomatic Testing

5th March 2021

NHS Test and Trace announced earlier this week, that all adults in households with school and college age children, without symptoms, can now access regular rapid COVID-19 testing. This includes childcare and support bubbles.

Undertaking regular, rapid COVID-19 testing helps reduce transmission of the virus. Tests are fast, easy and completely free. There are different ways for households, childcare or support bubbles to collect their test to take at home, twice-weekly:

  • Through your employer, if they offer testing to employees
  • By collecting a home test kit from a local test site - anyone aged 18 or over can collect 2 packs of 7 tests
  • By ordering a home test kit online - please do not order online if you can access testing through other routes, this frees up home delivery for those who need it most

If you have any queries about the tests please call 119 (free from mobiles and landlines). Lines are open every day from 7am - 11pm.

Testing is voluntary, but strongly recommended to all who are eligible (children of primary school age and below, without symptoms are not being asked to take a test). Alongside the vaccine, washing hands, wearing face coverings and maintaining social distancing, rapid testing plays a vital role in reducing transmission rates. Getting into the habit of regular testing as part of our everyday lives will help us all to play our part and do what we can to protect each other.