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Get regular rapid coronavirus tests if you need to leave your home for work

Get regular rapid coronavirus tests if you need to leave your home for work

Who can get regular rapid tests, what tests are used, where to get tested and what to do after your test.

If you need to leave your home for work, including voluntary work, you can get regular rapid tests (lateral flow tests) to check whether you’re highly infectious with coronavirus (COVID-19).

We’re offering these tests because around 1 in 3 people who have coronavirus do not have symptoms. 

Regular rapid testing can identify people without symptoms who are highly infectious with coronavirus so that they can be advised to self isolate.

You don’t have to get regular rapid tests, but it can help reduce the spread of coronavirus if you do.

Do not get a rapid test if:

  • you have symptoms of coronavirus, book a test on GOV.UK 
  • you tested positive for coronavirus in the past 90 days

What tests are used

Rapid testing using lateral flow tests. These tests are for people who do not have coronavirus symptoms. They:

  • use a swab taken from the nose or throat
  • don’t need to be sent to a lab for processing
  • can give a result in under an hour

Lateral flow tests are different to the tests used to test whether people with coronavirus symptoms have coronavirus (PCR tests). Lateral flow tests do not tell you if you have coronavirus or not, just whether you’re highly infectious. You could still have coronavirus if your test result is negative and you could still be infectious at a lower level, so you still need to follow social distancing rules.

Where to get a test

The Bristol Rapid Testing Centre is at 17-18 Wellington Road, BS2 9DA. It’s open:

  • Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm 
  • Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 5pm 

The site is accessible by car, bike or walking. We don’t recommend you travel by public transport because you’ll get your test result within an hour and will need to self-isolate if it’s positive. 

The site has disabled access. You can bring a helper or carer with you if you need to. 

What to expect

Book an appointment 

You must book an appointment before you go for a test. You must commit to going for a test once or twice a week. You must book a separate appointment for each test.

When you go for a test

You must:

  • bring your work identification, if you have any
  • wear a face covering, unless you’re exempt
  • follow the one-way system
  • take the test on site, you can’t take it home

You can bring your children with you if you don’t have childcare for them.

When you arrive on the site, we’ll ask you to take a seat while you wait

We’ll call you to the registration desk and ask you to register on or log in to the national portal. We’ll give you a barcode which you need to enter into the portal while you’re at the registration desk. 

You’ll then go to a numbered booth, where you’ll be given a test and instructions for how to take it. 

After you take the test, give it to the processor. They’ll check you’ve done it correctly and let you know you can leave. You don’t need to wait for your results before you leave. 

This should take no more than 15 minutes.

After you take the test

NHS Test and Trace will tell you your test result by email, text message or phone within 1 hour. 

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

If your test result is positive, you must:

You may be eligible for a NHS Test and Trace Support Payment if you have to self isolate. If you need help to get food or do other essential tasks while self isolating, call 0800 694 0184 (Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm and Saturday to Sunday, 10am to 2pm).

Get tests for your employees

If you have a business with fewer than 50 employees, we can give you tests to carry out in your workplace. Email rapidtesting@bristol.gov.uk.

If you have 50 employees or more, you can get workplace coronavirus tests on GOV.UK.