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Testing for people without symptoms

Residents are strongly encouraged to get a lateral flow test twice a week to check they are not unknowingly carrying the virus and at risk of spreading it further. These rapid Covid tests are available for free to everyone in Staffordshire. This is particuarly important now that restrictions have lifted and people are mixing with each other more. 

One in three people who have the virus show no symptoms, and it is still possible for people who have been vaccinated to pass the virus on to others less protected, which is why everyone needs to get tested regularly, even if they have had their vaccine. 

If your lateral flow test result is positive then you should isolate and book a coronavirus test online or by ringing 119. You should remain in isolation until you receive your test result. If it is negative you can return to school or work once you are well enough to do so. If is it positive you will need to isolate for 10 days starting the day after the onset of symptoms.

Covid testing suspended at Wolverhampton laboratory

NHS Test and Trace has recently seen a rising number of positive lateral flow device (LFD) results subsequently testing negative on PCR follow-ups. As a result of investigations, testing at a laboratory in Wolverhampton has been suspended.

Although the lab is based in the West Midlands, the majority of tests were taken at sites in the South East of England. Everybody who may still be infectious is being contacted. We are not aware of any testing in Staffordshire being affected at this stage.

There is no evidence of any faults with any of the test kits and the NHS is advising people to continue to keep getting tested as normal.

People with a positive LFD test result should self-isolate in line with the stay at home guidance for households    with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. They will also need to get a free PCR test to check if they have COVID-19.   Whilst awaiting the PCR result, people should continue to self-isolate.  

If the PCR test is taken within two days of the positive lateral flow test, and is negative, it overrides the self-test LFD test and there is no longer need to self-isolate as long as the person doesn’t have COVID-19 symptoms. 

Community testing

Get tested at a community testing centre

We have a network of community testing centres across Staffordshire, making it easier than ever before to book a rapid Covid-19 test and get a result in around 30 minutes. 

These are open for everybody and no booking is neccessary. 

Find your nearest test centre.

Book a test at a local pharmacy

Supervised tests are available at many pharmacies across Staffordshire. You must book an appointment for your test. 

Find your nearest pharmacy and book.

Pop-up testing

Our pop-up testing vans travel to different locations in Staffordshire each week to offer convenient supervised rapid testing and home testing kits to residents. This can include supermarkets, retail parks, markets, visitor attractions and car boot sales.

Find out pop-up testing locations.

Collection of home testing kits

Everybody in the county can collect packs of rapid tests for home use.

Packs are available to collect from our community testing sites, mobile pop-up testing vans and many local pharmacies. 

Find out where you can collect a home testing kit from.

National pharmacy scheme

From October 2021, people will need to have a collect code to pick up home testing kits through the national pharmacy scheme. 

You can get your collect code online at gov.uk/get-collect-code or by calling 119.

Staffordshire Libraries

Rapid testing kits are also available from the following libraires. Please check the opening times of your local library before visiting.

  • Audley

  • Barton

  • Baswich

  • Biddulph

  • Blythe Bridge

  • Brereton

  • Brewood

  • Burntwood

  • Burton

  • Cannock

  • Cheadle

  • Cheslyn Hay

  • Clayton

  • Eccleshall

  • Glascote

  • Gnosall

  • Great Wyrley

  • Heath Hayes

  • Hednesford

  • Holmcroft

  • Kidsgrove

  • Kinver

  • Knutton

  • Leek

  • Loggerheads

  • Newcastle

  • Penkridge

  • Perton

  • Rising Brook

  • Rugeley

  • Shenstone

  • Silverdale

  • Stafford

  • Stone

  • Talke

  • Tamworth

  • Uttoxeter

  • Wombourne

Workplace Testing

Check if your workplace offers rapid testing to its employees.

If you are interested in providing lateral flow testing in a business or workplace setting that you manage, you can find more information on our lateral flow testing page.

Home delivery of tests

Order free packs of rapid lateral flow tests to be sent to your home in England. Each pack contains seven tests.

Order online on the GOV website

What if I have symptoms?

Anyone with symptoms should only book a national test. Anyone who is self-isolating as a close contact should only book a test if they develop symptoms and this should be booked through the national system only.

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