Book a test
Booking a test
If you have any of the following symptoms of coronavirus:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
or if you're asked to by NHS Test and Trace, you must isolate immediately, book a coronavirus test online or by ringing 119, and remain in isolation until you receive your test result.
It is possible to catch coronavirus and not display any symptoms. Many people who have tested positive also displayed other symptoms. Staffordshire residents are therefore advised to book a coronavirus test as a precaution if they have symptoms such as:
- Aches and pains
- Feeling very tired for no good reason
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
- Sometimes ‘tummy ache’ in children
If you have one or more of these additional symptoms, go online to book your test using the link above and when you are able to, select the option “My local council or health protection team has asked me (or someone I live with) to get a test, even though I do not have symptoms.”
If you have these additional symptoms you can carry on going to school or work if you are well enough to do so, and only need to self-isolate if the test comes back positive.
Further testing for asymptomatic residents
In hotspot areas of Staffordshire where cases are particularly high, people without any coronavirus symptoms can also book a test.
Book a test via the national booking system, and select the option “My local council or health protection team has asked me (or someone I live with) to get a test, even though I do not have symptoms.”
The county council is also providing community testing in hotspot areas. These are for local people in the specified areas only.
Find the latest information on COVID-19 hotspots in Staffordshire and book a community test.
Local testing sites
There is good availability at all Staffordshire testing sites.
There are local testing sites at Newcastle Ryecroft Car Park; Keele University Science and Innovation Park; Beecroft Road Car Park, Cannock; Stafford Education and Enterprise Park; Burton Town Hall; and the Bet365 Stadium.
These are part of the national system and must be booked online or by calling 119 in advance.
Mobile testing units
There are two units which tour the county, which again must be booked through the national portal.