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Coronavirus (COVID-19) latest information and advice

Rapid (lateral flow) testing for everyone

Around one in three people with coronavirus do not have symptoms. They can spread the virus without knowing it. Getting tested is the only way to know if you have the virus.

Getting into the habit of twice-weekly testing as part of our everyday lives will help us all to play our part, and do what we can to keep each other safe. Regular testing alongside the vaccine will ensure we can continue to ease our way out of lockdown.

You can now get a twice-weekly rapid test (also known as a lateral flow test) in any of the following ways:

Through your school, college, or university or workplace (if they offer testing to employees)

Contact your employer, school, college, or university to find out if they can offer rapid testing to you.

At a local community test site

Testing at these local sites is assisted, which means a trained helper can provide help with doing the test. You can book an appointment or you can just turn up. Do check opening times before you go. You will get a text or email with your results.

You can also pick up test kits to test yourself at home from the community test sites. If you haven’t had a rapid test before we recommend going to a test site first for an assisted test.

Find out more about community testing and book an appointment on our web page.

Collect a home test kit

You can collect packs of two home test kits at a local collection point and each pack contains seven tests.

  • Anyone 18 or over can collect a test kit
  • You can check online if the location is open or busy before you go
  • You do not need to make an appointment

Find your local collection site

Test kits are also available at the following locations:

Order a home test kit online

If you can't get tested at your workplace or you're unable to go to a test site or collect test kits, order a home test kit online for delivery to your home.

You can also call 119. Lines are open 7am to 11pm and calls are free.119 provides support in 200 languages. InterpreterNow is a free online British Sign Language interpreter service for 119.

Mobile rapid testing van

Our mobile testing van will travel to various locations across Bath and North East Somerset until the end of December.

The van will give out free home self-test kits and offer supervised lateral flow testing for people without symptoms.

The vans will visit from 9am to 5pm seven days a week until the end of December.

Mobile rapid testing van timetable
Date Morning location Afternoon location (from 2pm)
Monday 25 October Beacon Hall, Peasedown St John Red Post Inn, Bath Road, Peasedown St John
Tuesday 26 October Mulberry Way, Mulberry Park, Combe Down, Bath Royal Victoria Park, Bath
Wednesday 27 October Ashton Way Car Park, Keynsham Ashton Way Car Park, Keynsham
Thursday 28 October The Star Inn, High Littleton The Star Inn, High Littleton
Friday 29 October Milsom Street, Bath Milsom Street, Bath
Saturday 30 October Milsom Street, Bath Milsom Street, Bath
Sunday 31 October Milsom Street, Bath Milsom Street, Bath
Monday 1 November Orchard Community Hall, Midsomer Norton Orchard Community Hall, Midsomer Norton
Tuesday 2 November Radstock Working Mens Club Westfield Methodist Church, Radstock
Wednesday 3 November Lidl, Bath Lidl, Bath
Thursday 4 November Mulberry Way, Mulberry Park, Combe Down, Bath Royal Victoria Park, Bath
Friday 5 November Paulton Village Hall Paulton Village Hall
Saturday 6 November South Road Car Park, Midsomer Norton South Road Car Park, Midsomer Norton
Sunday 7 November Twerton High Street Twerton High Street

What twice-weekly testing involves

How to perform the test

Clear instructions on how to take the test are available on the GOV.UK website. These include large print and easy read formats, and a wide variety of versions in other languages.

View guidance on how to take a rapid test

You can also view videos explaining how rapid tests work, showing how to take the test, and find patient leaflet translations on the Public Health England website.

How to report your results

If you do tests at home you are asked to do the following:

If you test positive

If you did a rapid lateral flow test and the result was positive:

Continue to self-isolate until you get the result of the PCR test. Follow the advice you are given when you get the result.

A negative result means the test did not find signs of coronavirus. But this does not guarantee you do not have coronavirus, so you should keep following all coronavirus advice including regular handwashing and wearing a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you come into contact with people you don’t normally meet.

Find out more information on your test result on the NHS website.

If you have coronavirus symptoms or are a close contact of someone who has tested positive, you need a different test called a PCR test. Get a PCR test if you have coronavirus symptoms on GOV.UK or call 119.
If you’re not sure about different test types, you can find out which COVID-19 test you should get.