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Latest guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19).

COVID-19: PCR test centres and home tests

You must visit the NHS website or call 119 to book a PCR test at a test centre. You cannot just turn up and you must have symptoms.


Who can be tested at the local PCR test centres?

Anyone with coronavirus symptoms can get a test. The local test centres are open to all adults and children.

Parents must administer the test for children under the age of 5.

There are private testing bays if you would like to conduct your test in total privacy.

When are the PCR test centres open?

Our main local test centres are open 8am–8pm every day.

Where are the local PCR test centres?

Our main local test centres are located at: 

You must drive, walk or cycle to the site - do not use a taxi or public transport. If this is not possible, you'll need to order yourself a home test.

How do I book an appointment or get a home test?

To arrange a test you must book through the NHS website and choose from the following options:

  • Test site at a local test centre
  • Test site at a drive through centre not in the borough
  • Home test

Bookings for 8am-1pm can be booked from 8pm the night before. Bookings from 1pm-8pm can be booked from 10am that day.

If you have problems using the online service, call 119 to book at appointment.

Book a coronavirus test or order a home test kit on the NHS website

What will happen at the walk through testing centre?

The Department of Health and Social Care has created a video to explain how test centres operate. It includes what to expect at the site, how to take the test, how you'll get your results and more.

Watch 'visiting a local testing site' video on YouTube (3mins 56secs)

How do I use a home test kit?

Here's a tutorial video to support the written instructions in your home test kit.

Watch 'how to take a coronavirus self-test' video on YouTube (5mins 10secs)

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