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COVID-19: Community testing

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Community testing roll out

We have started to locally roll out the government's rapid COVID-19 community testing initiative to help drive down transmission rates.

Our programme, in partnership with the Department of Health and Social Care, is specifically aimed at asymptomatic people:

  • who work at small businesses (50 employees or less) who cannot work from home
  • who work private early years settings 
  • who are childminders

Eligible people will take a Lateral Flow Test.

With its targeted approach, community testing 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 eligible people get tested if they can. 

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

Where are the test centres?

We have test centres up and running in Devizes (Leisure Centre), Salisbury (Five Rivers Health and Wellbeing Centre), and Chippenhan (Monkton Park).

One other centre will open in Trowbridge (County Hall) in due course. For the timebeing, you can only book an appointment at our Devizes, Salisbury and Chippenham centres via our online booking system (link can be found below). 

The centres cannot accept people dropping in, and everyone must book an appointment and not have any symptoms of COVID-19. 

You must wear a face covering when you visit a symptom-free testing site. You should only remove your face covering when you are doing your swab.

The test results

The self-administered test should take no more than 15 minutes and results should be known within half an hour.

Even if you receive a negative test, please continue to follow all COVID measures - wash hands regularly, socially distance from other people, and wear a face covering where appropriate. 

If you test positive, you and anyone you live with must self-isolate immediately for ten days.

You may be contacted by the NHS or Public Health and asked for information to help the NHS alert your close contacts.

If you test positive you do not need to take an NHS Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test (the test for people with coronavirus symptoms) to confirm your result.

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.

Those in smaller businesses (employees of 50 or less) who cannot work from home, and private (non-maintained) early years settings have been chosen because they are not currently involved in any other mass-testing scheme.

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.

Book a test

If you are in one of the targeted groups you can book a test below (please note, at this stage you can only book an appointment at the Devizes and Salisbury sites).  If you have any COVID symptoms, please do not a book a test as part of this programme. In this instance, please visit NHS Coronavirus or call 119 to book a test.

Book an asymptomatic COVID-19 test

Cancel a test

Cancel an asymptomatic COVID-19 test

Information packs

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Icon for pdf Early years staff information pack [343.48KB]

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