Community testing

Information on community testing for COVID-19.

Community testing for COVID-19

On Sunday 10 January 2021, Government announced that rapid, regular COVID-19 testing (Lateral flow Devices (LFD)) would be made available across England for critical workers (those who cannot work from home).

Gloucestershire piloted its first rapid testing facility, using LFDs, in December 2020 at the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester.

Taking learning from this, a new neighbourhood testing facility opened on Wednesday 13 January in Barton and Tredworth, Gloucester.

The testing facility at the Friendship Café on Painswick Road, Gloucester is open to residents right across Gloucester who, even during this national lockdown, are still having to leave home for work or caring responsibilities.

The testing being offered uses Lateral Flow Devices, which are designed for people not showing any symptoms (asymptomatic), and want to be tested on an ongoing basis to have greater confidence that they are not unknowingly infecting family members or work colleagues.

Anyone clinically extremely vulnerable should continue to shield.

Where is the facility located?

The Friendship Café @ Chequers,
Painswick Road,

Testing at this site is being offered mainly to those:

  • Who are critical workers and/or still have to leave home for work;
  • Still have to leave home for caring responsibilities; or
  • Who are residents of Gloucester City.

Anyone clinically extremely vulnerable should continue to shield and not attend this site.

These tests are for people without symptoms of COVID-19. If you are displaying any of the following symptoms, DO NOT ATTEND THIS TEST CENTRE:

  • High temperature
  • New continuous cough
  • Loss or change to sense of smell or taste.

If you have symptoms, self isolate and book a test through the national testing portal

When will the site be open?

When fully up and running, the centre will be open 8am – 7pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Please be aware that tests are via appointment only.

Book a test 

  • The test, which must be taken twice a week, only takes a few minutes and results are known within 30 mins, which means anyone who does have the virus, can take action quickly to help protect others.
  • Remember, a negative result does not mean you won’t go on to catch COVID-19 and you should continue to follow all guidance to help protect your and those around you.
  • If you test positive, you will be asked to self isolate and book a confirmatory test through the national testing portal.

Please remember that testing is not an alternative to following the rules on hands, face and space and it’s more  important than ever that we all keep following the rules.

We will continue to update this page as we receive further Government guidance on the local roll out of LDF testing and what this means for Gloucestershire.  

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