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COVID-19: Community testing

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We have rolled out the Government's rapid COVID-19 community testing initiative to help drive down transmission rates.

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. 

A test collection model for twice-weekly home testing starts in Wiltshire

The Devizes Leisure Centre site is continuing to offer in-person asymptomatic testing which can be booked online, as well as a collect option, and Bourne Hill in Salisbury is also offering the option to collect lateral flow test kits for use at home. 

Due to low levels of stock at Monkton Park in Chippenham, this site will be closed from Wednesday 14 April until next week, so please use an alternative collection site, and we will update our website and social media when this reopens. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

From Wednesday 14 April, an additional four new test collection sites will be open, located at the Springfield Community Campus in Corsham, Calne Leisure Centre, The Vale Community Campus in Pewsey and at the Nadder Centre in Tisbury. These will open in line with the leisure centre opening hours so please check before you set off.

We will be setting up additional lateral flow test collection sites to bring the total to 10 collection sites across the county, with the additional site locations still to be confirmed.

Many of the lateral flow test collection sites around the county can be found on this map: NHS Rapid lateral flow test sites and collection sites

People can also continue to collect tests from the Salisbury Beehive Park and Ride site and the Trowbridge Greyhound Pub Car Park site, which both also offer asymptomatic testing, and more information on these sites is available on NHS Rapid Test Collection COVID-19 Test and Vaccination Site Finder.

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 GOV.UK: Get a free NHS test to check if you have coronavirus.

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.

If anyone is unsure of what's involved with a  lateral flow test, we recommend they book a test at the Devizes Leisure Centre test centre for an assisted test for support the first time.

Devizes community test centre for in-person lateral flow testing

Our in-person lateral flow testing programme at Devizes Leisure Centre, 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
  • students who are required to take a lateral flow test before going back to university 

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.

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 an in-person test at Devizes Leisure Centre

If you are in one of the targeted groups you can book a test below. 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

Frequently asked questions (for test collection)

Frequently asked questions (testing at sites)