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COVID-19 - community testing

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We have rolled out the Government's rapid COVID-19 community testing. This targeted approach aims to reduce the prevalence of the virus. Around one in three people who have coronavirus do not display any symptoms so it's important that those eligible get tested if they can. 

Wiltshire sites to collect tests for twice-weekly home testing

There are seven local test collection sites that we have opened across Wiltshire, offering the option to collect lateral flow test kits for use at home:

  • Devizes Leisure Centre
  • Bourne Hill in Salisbury
  • Monkton Park in Chippenham
  • Springfield Community Campus in Corsham
  • Calne Leisure Centre
  • The Vale Community Campus in Pewsey
  • Nadder Centre in Tisbury

These will open in line with the leisure centre and building opening hours so please check before you set off.

All of the lateral flow test collection sites around the county including our sites and pharmacies can be found on this map, which includes opening hours and the status of the site:

View a map of all lateral flow test collection sites

The other ways that people can access lateral flow tests include:

  • a home ordering service, which allows people to order lateral flow tests online to be delivered to their home, or by calling 119 between 7am to 11pm if they cannot order online
  • workplace testing programmes, on-site or at home
  • testing at schools and colleges

Anyone who is asymptomatic can collect lateral flow tests at the collection sites without booking. This testing is being rolled out because around one in three people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms. Rapid lateral flow tests help to find cases in people who may have no symptoms but are still infectious and can give the virus to others.

The at home test kits are intended for use twice weekly, and results can be logged online. If the test result is positive with an at-home lateral flow test, people need to self-isolate immediately and take a PCR test to confirm the result. PCR tests can be booked through Government's test booking website.

If someone tests positive, they may also claim for a Test and trace support payment if they are eligible. Our Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub also remains in place for support for practical, social and emotional support, including help for those self-isolating due to a positive test or as a close contact where they don't have friends and family to help. You can call the hub on 0300 003 4576 or email wellbeinghub@wiltshire.gov.uk. It's open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm and Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

People who have any symptoms of coronavirus should not use this service. Symptoms include a high temperature, a new, persistent cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste. Free testing continues to be available to everyone in Wiltshire who has COVID-19 symptoms, and people who show symptoms must book a test online or call 119. Testing with symptoms is offered at the regional and local testing sites.

This is not to be confused with surge testing. Surge testing is increased testing (including door-to-door testing) and enhanced contact tracing in specific locations in England and is not currently taking place in Wiltshire

Have symptoms?

Free testing continues to be available to everyone in Wiltshire who has COVID-19 symptoms - high temperature, continuous cough or loss of/change in taste or smell. People should visit NHS Coronavirus or call 119 to book a test in that instance.

Anyone who receives a positive Lateral Flow Test result automatically activate legal obligations to self-isolate, and may also claim for a Test and Trace payment if they are eligible.

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