Beat the Cold

Beat the Cold deliver an Energy Advice Service for Stoke-on-Trent City Council. This is a free, independent service for all private sector residents (home owners and private tenants) in the city.

For information on the scheme, click here

Community Collect

Following the Government's announcement, everybody in England is now able to access two Lateral Flow Tests (LFT) per week to use at home. Residents are encouraged to get tested for Covid twice a week.

How to get a Covid test in Stoke-on-Trent

People can access get a twice-weekly tests:

  • at a local community testing venue
  • through your employer if they are offering testing
  • by collecting a home test kit from a collection point
  • by ordering a home test kit online
  • by collecting a home test kit from selected pharmacies

Community testing 

Anyone without symptoms can also book a regular test at one of Stoke-on-Trent's community testing centres at www.stoke.gov.uk/bookacovid19test. Walk ins are welcome.

Testing at these sites is assisted, which means you will swab yourself under the supervision of a trained operator. 

Community collect

People will be able to collect tests to use at home from 11 community testing venues. After having a test done on site with a trained member of staff to explain how to do the test, people can then collect 2 boxes of 7 test kits to complete twice-weekly at home. You will not need to book to collect test kits after this but can still get a test at a community testing venue or a pharmacy offering tests. Trained staff will be on hand to show you how to use the kits.

The community testing venues offering community collect in Stoke-on-Trent are:

Day

Site 

Time

Monday

Hanley Town Football Club 

Christ Church, Tunstall 

Dimensions Leisure Centre 

Civic Centre Reception

Local Centres

Fenton Manor Sports Complex

8am - 4pm

10am - 4pm

6am - 6pm

9am - 5pm

9am - 5pm

6.45am - 10pm

Tuesday

Hanley Town Football Club

Staffordshire University (LRV Building)

Florence Sports and Social Club

Dimensions Leisure Centre

Civic Centre Reception

Local Centres

Fenton Manor Sports Complex

8am - 4pm

9.30am - 3.30pm

2pm - 8pm

6am - 9pm

9am - 5pm

9am - 5pm

6.45am - 10pm

Wednesday

Hanley Town Football Club

Florence Sports and Social Club

Dimensions Leisure Centre

Civic Centre Reception

Local Centres

Fenton Manor Sports Complex

8am - 4pm

10am - 4pm

6am - 9pm

9am - 5pm

9am - 5pm

6.45am - 10pm

Thursday

Hanley Town Football Club

Staffordshire University (LRV Building)

Florence Sports and Social Club

Christ Church, Tunstall 

Dimensions Leisure Centre

Civic Centre Reception

Local Centres

Fenton Manor Sports Complex

8am - 4pm

9.30am - 3.30pm

8am - 2pm

11am - 5pm

6am - 9pm

9am - 5pm

9am - 5pm

6.45am - 10pm

Friday

Hanley Town Football Club

Christ Church, Tunstall

Dimensions Leisure Centre

Civic Centre Reception

Local Centres

Fenton Manor Sports Complex

8am - 4pm

2pm - 8pm

6am - 9pm

9am - 5pm

9am - 5pm

6.45am - 10pm

Saturday

Hanley Town Football Club

Dimensions Leisure Centre

Fenton Manor Sports Complex

9am - 12pm

7am - 6pm

7.30am - 7pm

Sunday

Christ Church, Tunstall

Dimensions Leisure Centre

Fenton Manor Sports Complex

9am - 1pm

7am - 6pm

7.30am - 7pm

 Anyone aged 18 or over can collect two testing packs which contain seven tests each.

People with symptoms should not attend and instead book a test at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

Ordering a home test kit

You can order test kit online.

 

Get a test through your employer 

Your workplace may offer rapid lateral flow testing to you. Contact your employer to find out more.  

 

Collecting a test from a pharmacy

You can also collect home testing kits from pharmacies across the city. You can find out where you can collect them from via a map on the NHS website. Click here to find out more.

 

What twice-weekly testing involves

You will be asked to:   

  • take a test twice a week (every 3 or 4 days apart)  
  • report every result to NHS Test and Trace on the same day you take the test  
  • Report your test result online or by calling 119.   

If anyone tests positive or gets coronavirus symptoms, they should tell the school and: self-isolate immediately, get a PCR test to confirm the result and follow the stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection.  

A negative result means the test did not find signs of coronavirus. But this does not guarantee you do not have coronavirus, so you should keep following all coronavirus advice including regular handwashing and social distancing.