Lateral flow (rapid) testing will be available to anyone in Bristol from Friday (9 April). This type of test is specifically for people who do not have symptoms of coronavirus.
In line with the national programme, capacity is being increased to give more people the opportunity to get tested, as Bristol continues to cautiously ease COVID-19 restrictions.
People in Bristol will be able to access a test at a local testing site, collect self-test kits to take home or order a test kit direct to their home.
Christina Gray, Director for Communities and Public Health said: “Access to asymptomatic testing is an important part of the government’s plan to cautiously ease restrictions across the country. As the city begins to open more widely, the early detection of positive cases of COVID-19 will help to stop chains of transmission and support our efforts to keep our communities safe and protected.
“This form of lateral flow (rapid) testing works best when it is done regularly and often, to pick up people who are highly infectious and people who don’t have any symptoms. As many as 1 in 3 people could have COVID-19 and be spreading it without knowing so I encourage people to take up the offer.
“However, this only works if people isolate. We know that isolation is challenging for some people for all sorts of reasons. If you need support to self-isolate, or for advice about the NHS Test and Trace Payment Support Scheme, call our free We Are Bristol helpline on 0800 694 0184.
“You don’t need to book an appointment for a lateral flow (rapid) test; you can just turn up at one of our local testing sites or collection points, ideally by car, bicycle or walking.”
Where to get a test or collect a test kit
The Bristol Rapid Testing Centre is located at 17-18 Wellington Road, BS2 9DA, and is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm and Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 5pm. Anyone who would like assistance or support taking a test, particularly if it’s their first time, is advised to visit this site. For supported tests, please arrive 40 minutes before the advertised closing time of the centre to allow time for the test result to be processed.
Three local sites in Bristol are available in the afternoons for people to collect rapid tests to take at home, between 2:30pm – 8pm:
- Victoria Rooms Car Park, BS8 1EG
- Netham Park, BS5 9RU
- Hengrove Leisure Park, BS14 0HR
Do not visit before 2:30pm, as these sites are also used in the morning for testing for people who have symptoms of coronavirus.
A new site at Portway Park and Ride, BS11 9QE, is now open seven days a week, 9am to 3pm as a collection point for tests to take at home.
You can also order a home testing kit online at GOV.UK. If you take a lateral flow (rapid) test at home, you must register your test result either online at GOV.UK or by calling 119.
If your lateral flow (rapid) test for COVID-19 comes back positive, you should self-isolate immediately and book an appointment for a PCR test (that is analysed in a laboratory) through the national booking portal at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, including a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste, you should book an appointment for a PCR test through the national booking portal at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.
For further support and guidance on finding out where you can access a lateral flow (rapid) test, visit the local authority website.