COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

COVID-19 testing in Coventry

Find out about:


Symptomatic testing

If you have any coronavirus symptoms:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste

Get a test and stay at home.

You must self-isolate and book a test via NHS Test and Trace or by calling 119.

Do not attend one of our community testing sites.

Drive through and walk in testing sites

Test Site

Symptomatic Testing

Lateral Flow Device Collection (non-symptomatic)

Moat Street Car Park – drive through testing centre

9am - 3pm every day

Not available

Ricoh Arena - drive through testing centre

8am - 1.30pm every day

2.30pm - 8pm

Broad Street - walk in testing centre

8am - 1.30pm every day

2.30pm - 8pm

Westwood Games Hall- walk in testing centre

8am - 1.30pm every day          

2.30pm - 8pm

Whitefriars – walk in testing centre

8am - 1.30pm every day          

2.30pm - 8pm

Non-symptomatic (rapid testing)

Twice-weekly rapid testing is a vital tool in helping to identify cases of coronavirus we would otherwise not find. With 1 in 3 people with coronavirus showing no symptoms and potentially spreading it without knowing, twice-weekly rapid testing enables us to find these cases and prevent the spread of infection.

We want to make it as easy as possible for everyone in Coventry to access twice weekly rapid testing. There are lots of options available, depending on your individual situation:

  • Community testing: all local authorities are offering local community testing sites, where you can go to take a supervised test.
  • Community Collect: by collecting home test kits from one of our community testing sites where you can pick up a box of tests to use at home.
  • NHS Test & Trace symptomatic test sites: these sites operate as symptomatic testing sites in the morning but are currently providing an afternoon collect option, where you can pick up a box of tests to use at home. NHS England’s site finder allows you to see which sites are running this service. 
  • Workplace testing: lots of employers are offering testing in the workplace. This includes testing sites, where you can take a supervised test, and workplace collect, where you can pick up a box of tests to use at home. If your employer offers workplace testing, this is still the best route for you to access rapid tests.
  • Pharmacy collect: you can go to a participating pharmacy in Coventry and pick up a free box of tests to use at home. NHS England’s site finder allows you to search pharmacies near you that offer pharmacy collect. Over the coming weeks more and more pharmacies will be signing up.
  • Education: secondary and college students are being given tests to use at home twice a week, throughout term time and the holidays by their school or college.
  • By post through LFD direct: for people who can’t access tests through the other routes, you can order a box of tests online or through 119, which will be delivered to your home.

What is lateral flow or rapid testing?

Lateral flow tests are rapid tests that do not need to be sent to a laboratory for the result. They can be used to test a higher proportion of asymptomatic people, better enabling us to identify and isolate more people who are at high likelihood of spreading the virus and break the chains of transmission.

Lateral Flow Test (LFT) detects the presence or absence of coronavirus by applying a swab or saliva sample to the device’s absorbent pad. The sample runs along the surface of the pad, showing at the end a visual positive or negative result dependent on the presence of the virus – a bit like a pregnancy test.

If you test positive for coronavirus you need to take a confirmatory PCR test within two days.  It remains essential that anyone who tests positive self-isolates immediately, as must other members of their household.  Visit the NHS website or phone 119 to book your confirmatory PCR test.

Contact tracing will be triggered by a positive lateral flow test result but will be stopped automatically after receipt of a negative confirmatory PCR test, if the PCR was taken within two days of the positive lateral flow test result.

What is COVID-19 community testing?

A locally led testing service set up to test people without COVID-19 symptoms (asymptomatic) in Coventry using lateral flow testing.

The aim of testing people who do not have COVID-19 symptoms is to identify those that might be carrying the virus, to prevent transmission and protect those most at risk, using rapid testing to speed up the process. It also provides reassurance for those in keyworker roles to continue their daily duties in a safe manner.

Who is the community test for?

Anyone who lives or works in Coventry can come and get a test, remember you must not have any symptoms of COVID-19.

Whether you’re providing essential services or just want peace of mind, we would encourage you to get tested regularly to help reduce the spread of the virus in the city. By taking the test you can make sure you are not passing the virus on to colleagues, members of the public or loved ones.

The more we reduce the transmission rate, the quicker we will be able to get closer to a more normal way of life and do the things we all enjoy, such as meeting family and friends.

What to bring to the test centre?

  • Proof of ID
  • A mobile phone as test results will be sent via text.
  • Hand sanitiser with you and wear a face covering (unless exempt).

At the test centre

  • If you need to queue please do so observing the 2-metre social distancing.
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times unless exempt.
  • A member of staff will greet you upon of arrival and check that you don’t have any COVID-19 symptoms.
  • You’ll need to register for your test once inside. You can register on your own smartphone, but tablets will be available for anyone who needs one.
  • If needed, help will be given when filling out the registration form. This will take around five minutes to complete.
  • You’ll then be escorted to one of the testing areas, where a member of staff will talk you through the test.
  • You’ll be given a swab and you’ll need to swab the back of your mouth near your tonsils. You’ll then have to put the swab up your nose before putting it into the tube provided.
  • Once the test is complete, you will then be able to leave, and your results will be sent to you via text via the NHS test and trace service.
  • You receive your results via SMS text in less than an hour.

After you receive the test result

Positive result

It remains essential that anyone who tests positive self-isolates immediately, as must other members of their household, while they get a confirmatory PCR test within two days. Visit the NHS website or phone 119 to do this.

Contact tracing will be triggered by a positive lateral flow test result, but will be stopped automatically after receipt of a negative confirmatory PCR test, if the PCR was taken within two days of the positive lateral flow test result.

Negative result

If you test negative, you do not need to isolate or book an NHS swab test.

As with all tests, there is some chance that the test has not picked up that you have the infection. If you develop any of the COVID-19 symptoms, ensure you book a test online via the NHS website or by ringing 119.

A negative test result does not mean you can be complacent. It’s still important to social distance, wear a face covering when required and wash your hands regularly.

You should continue to be vigilant and follow the national rules and guidelines at all times.

Test results not received

All test results are managed by the national NHS Test and Trace Service. If you do not receive your test results within 12 hours, then you will need to rebook a new test.

For more information please see the official NHS guidance.

Community collect

To manage the risk of increased transmission as we ease our way out of lockdown, everyone in England is now able to collect twice-weekly COVID-19 tests to do at home and prevent spreading the virus.

You can collect two boxes of home testing kits. Each kit contains 7 tests (14 tests in total). They can be collected by people eligible aged 18 or over from any of the seven community test sites in Coventry at any point during the day, seven days a week and no booking is required.

The kits contain a step-by-step guide for self-testing. You can also get full instructions online at GOV.UK.

The instructions for COVID-19 self-testing are available online in English and the following languages:

Recording your home testing results

If you test positive or negative you should log and record your test results via the NHS Test and Trace website or by calling NHS 119.

Once your test is complete, you can safely dispose of the kits in a waste bag provided and put it in your general household waste.

Pooja, one of our Public Health team, shows you how to do a Lateral Flow Test at home.

People who can use the Community Collect service

Community collect is a service provided for anyone who lives or works Coventry. Getting into the habit of twice-weekly testing as part of our everyday lives will help us all to play our part and do what we can to keep each other safe. Testing is particularly important for: 

  • households, childcare and support bubbles of nursery children, primary and secondary-age pupils and college students or staff
  • anyone who cannot work at home and who must travel to a work premises on a regular basis

Community test/collection sites in Coventry

All of our test centres provide you with a COVID-safe and secure environment.

There is no need to book an appointment at any of the centres. Just turn up at a time that is convenient for you.

  • Alan Higgs Centre
    Allard Way
    Coventry
    CV3 1HW
  • AT7 Centre
    12 Bell Green Road
    Coventry
    CV6 7GP
  • Hagard Community Centre
    Remembrance Road
    Coventry
    CV3 3DG
  • Indian Community Centre
    243 Cross Road
    Foleshill
    Coventry
    CV6 5GP
  • Market Way
    14 Market Way
    Coventry
    CV1 1DL
  • Moat House Leisure and Neighbourhood Centre
    Winston Avenue
    Wood End
    Coventry
    CV2 1EA
  • Xcel Centre
    Mitchell Avenue
    Coventry
    CV4 8DY

Opening hours

Monday - Friday: 8am to 6.30pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10am to 3pm

You can also check where your nearest one is at using this map.

People with symptoms of COVID-19, or anyone that has been told to self-isolate should not attend and instead book a test.

Customer Services

Open 9am–5pm Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays)

Tel: 08085 834333

Visit: https://www.coventry.gov.uk/contactCustomerServices

If you do need to call us,
please try to avoid our busiest times
of lunchtime and early afternoon.

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