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Community surge testing: additional COVID-19 testing for specific postcodes

Community surge testing: additional COVID-19 testing for specific postcodes

What surge testing is, how to return your test and what to do after you take your test.

Community surge testing has now finished.
You can no longer get or return a test. All sites are now closed.

We carried out additional community testing for COVID-19, also known as ‘surge’ testing, between 7 and 21 February. This was to:

  • help us learn more about the change in the virus in Bristol and South Gloucestershire
  • reduce the spread of infection by finding asymptomatic cases and prompting people to self-isolate

We only tested people living or working in specific postcodes, as a sample of the Bristol population. These postcodes were the areas where people who did not have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) were eligible for additional testing. It did not mean that the variant was necessarily present in that postcode.  We will not be revealing the location of the cases of the change in the virus, because it could lead to individuals being identified. 

Unused and unreturned tests

If you have a test kit that you have not used or returned after 24 February, put it in your black wheelie bin. If the test kit has been opened, pack it into its box before putting it in the bin.

After you take a test 

You must register your coronavirus test online (GOV.UK) or call 119 within 24 hours.

You’ll get your test result by text or email from NHS Test and Trace. Most people get their result the next day, but it could take up to three days. 

If your test result is positive, you must self-isolate in line with NHS guidance. You don't need to get another test.

If your test result is negative, continue to follow the government’s stay at home guidance (GOV.UK).

You don't have to self isolate while you wait for your test result unless you develop symptoms.