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Community testing

These tests are for people without symptoms of COVID-19.

Do not attend this test centre if you are displaying any of the following symptoms or are currently self isolating:

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

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

Please remember that testing is not an alternative to following the rules on hands, face and space.

Community testing for COVID-19

Book a test 

Booking a test at our community testing facilities is for those who cannot work from home. Regular tests will help stop the spread of COVID by people who don’t know they have it.

Gloucestershire currently has two community testing facilities one in Gloucester City and one located at the Royal Agricultural University (RAU) in Cirencester.

The testing being offered uses Lateral Flow Devices (LFDs) – these tests help to identify COVID-19 in people who have no symptoms.

LFD testing is being offered to those who, for work or caring responsibilities, still have to leave the house during lockdown.

Anyone clinically extremely vulnerable should continue to shield.

The test, which should 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 necessarily mean you do not have the virus or that you won’t go on to catch COVID-19.

The test tends to detect COVID-19 in people when they are most infectious helping to stop the spread. If you test positive, you will be asked to self isolate.

Households, childcare and support bubbles for primary and secondary-age pupils or staff with no symptoms

Households, childcare and support bubbles of primary and secondary-age pupils or staff with no symptoms can also test at home from 8 March. For further information, please visit the government's rapid lateral flow testing for households and bubbles of school pupils and staff page.

Page updated: 19/02/2021 Page updated by: Gloucestershire County Council

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