Test, trace and isolate

The test, trace and isolate steps continue to play an important role in managing Covid in our community by preventing the virus spreading.


Get a PCR test if you:

  • have any of the following symptoms: high temperature, new continuous cough; and / or loss or change to sense of smell or taste; or
  • have been advised to get a PCR because you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

When booking your PCR test you can opt in for antibody testing.

Book a PCR test

Visit a PCR mobile testing unit

How to test yourself for coronavirus (COVID-19) at home (easy read) (publishing.service.gov.uk).

The Government website has more information on when to get a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR).

Rapid testing

If you receive a positive LFD test result, you are no longer required to have a follow-up PCR test, and should stay at home and self-isolate immediately.

People who have a positive LFD test result should only have a follow-up PCR test if:

  • they wish to claim the Test and Trace Support Payment
  • they have a health condition that means they may be suitable for new COVID-19 treatments
  • they are taking LFD tests as part of research or surveillance programmes, and the programme asks them to do so

Find out more about contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person.

Page updated: 11/01/2022 Page updated by: Gloucestershire County Council

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