Getting tested for coronavirus...
1. What is coronavirus testing and why is it important?
It is great news that the covid vaccine is now beginning to be given to people in Stoke-on-Trent. But this does not mean we can relax. It is still really important to get tested – whether you have covid symptoms, other mild symptoms or no symptoms at all.
To be really clear, a combination of as many of as possible getting tested and all of us playing our part in social distancing (Hands. Face. Space) will remain a vital way of us getting us back to where we want to be.
The more of us that get tested; the quicker we can stop the spread and get back to the life we love.
2. Is there more than one type of coronavirus test? So which one should I go for?
Yes, there are two main types of coronavirus test available to us in Stoke-on-Trent
- One is testing if you have one or more of the classic 3 symptoms (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, loss your sense of smell or taste or it’s changed). If this is you, then you need to book at test at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or by phoning 119 - This is the test that has been around for a while now, sometimes called a “PCR Test”
- Testing if you have no symptoms at all OR if you have some milder symptoms (such as headaches, aches and pains, feeling very tired for no good reason, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing and sometimes a ‘tummy ache’ in children - This is a rapid coronavirus test, sometimes called a “Lateral Flow Test.”
3. So, I haven’t got any of the classic 3 symptoms, but I want to get tested, how do I book in for one of these rapid tests?
To book a lateral flow test, please click here.
4. Is going for one of the rapid coronavirus tests safe?
Yes. The testing sites are Covid secure venues and members of the public attending testing should social distance at all times and are required to wear a face covering unless they are at the point of having a test completed.
After you have your test you will be asked to wait (for about 20-30 minutes) safely either in your own car or at another safe place at the testing site.
5. And what happens if I turn up at one of these sites with one or more of the classic symptoms?
If a you turn up with one or more of the three classic Covid-19 symptoms, you will be asked to self-isolate and seek a test via the National Test & Trace programme, at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or by phoning 119.
6. What happens if my test comes back negative at one of the rapid test sites?
It is good news that you don’t have the coronavirus. However, just having a negative test, does not mean you cannot catch coronavirus at any time. It still remains vitally important to stay safe – remember Hands, Face, Space at all times.
7. What happens if my test comes back positive at one of the rapid test sites?
If your test does come back positive, then you will simply be asked to have another test at that site.
If this also comes back as positive, you will need to self-isolate for ten days with household contacts and other contacts identified from the two days prior to the test. A contact is:
- anyone who lives in the same household as someone with COVID-19 symptoms or who has tested positive for COVID-19
- anyone who has had any of the following types of contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 with a PCR test:
- face-to-face contact including being coughed on or having a face-to-face conversation within one metre
- skin-to-skin physical contact for any length of time
- been within one metre for one minute or longer without face-to-face contact
- sexual contacts
- been within 2 metres of someone for more than 15 minutes (either as a one-off contact, or added up together over one day)
- travelled in the same vehicle or a plane
8. I don’t have any symptoms myself, but I live with someone who is covid positive. Should I book in for one of the rapid tests?
No. If you are living with someone who is covid positive, you should be self-isolating as per the national guidelines. Only if you develop symptoms should you go for a test – in this case the test should be a “PCR” test which can be booked at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or by phoning 119.
9. I have one of the classic 3 symptoms – so how do I book a test?
If you have symptoms, (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, loss your sense of smell or taste or it’s changed) get a test as soon as possible. This is part of national testing.
Book a visit to a test site to have the test today. Test sites are open 7 days a week. Order a home test kit if you cannot get to a test site.
National tests can be booked at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or by phoning 119.
National testing sites in Stoke-on-Trent:
- Stoke City FC South Car Park- drive through
- Fenton Manor Car Park- walk through
- Synectics Solutions Car Park