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If you have any coronavirus symptoms:
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.
Moat Street Car Park – drive through testing centre
9am - 3pm every day
CBS (Ricoh) Arena, Car Park C - drive through testing centre. (Car Park C is located adjacent to the stadium, and can be accessed from Jimmy Hill Way)
9am - 3pm every day
This mobile testing unit will not be operational on weekend match days - the NHS website for booking tests will automatically reflect this.
Broad Street - walk in testing centre
8am - 8pm every day
|Whitefriars – walk in testing centre||8am - 8pm every day|
PCR appointments are released by the Department of Health and Social Care for all sites in one go at 3pm for the following day. If you try to book a slot between 12pm and 3pm you may struggle to find an appointment. If you try after 3pm, you should find an available appointment.
Drive through testing centres at Moat Street Car Park and CBS Arena can get very busy and it can be difficult to get a slot at times, so consider selecting the walk-in sites as an option instead, as it is often easier to get a walk-in appointment. There is street parking near both Broad Street and Whitefriars walk-in sites which you can use.
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:
1. Get a collect code
Before you go to the pharmacy, complete this online form to get a collect code. This is a code that you need to show when you collect your test packs. The form allows you to create an account if you wish so it’s quicker next time.
You can also get a collect code by calling 119 (free from landlines and mobiles). Lines are open from 7am to 11pm.
The collect code will be sent by email or text. You can print your code.
You can collect test packs for your household or another household. You must get a collect code for each household.
2. Collect your tests
Take your collect code to the pharmacy. Someone will record your code and give you the tests.
You need to get a new collect code for each collection.
3. Do the test
After you’ve done the test, you should report your test result.
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.
A 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.
There are currently three types of lateral flow tests available from NHS Test and Trace and it is important to follow the specific instructions for each one:
|Test kit||Innova||Orient Gene||Acon Flowflex|
|Package colour||Blue and white||Green and white||Blue with brown|
|Resting time||None||1 minute||None|
|Wait time||30 mins||15-20 mins||15-30 mins|
When doing a test, we would urge you to check which type of test kit you have, carefully read and follow the instructions for use on the test kit so as to avoid any incorrect readings. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, self-isolate and take a PCR 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 remain cautious and test regularly.
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.
You can also collect two boxes of home testing kits from any of our community test sites in Coventry at any point during the day, seven days a week and no booking is required. Those collecting must be aged 18 or over. Each kit contains seven tests (14 tests in total).
How you do the test depends on the test kit you’re using. The throat and nose test kit has a blue and white pack.
Nose-only test kits have a:
Check which pack you have as it may be different to one you’ve had before.
There are separate guides for the throat and nose test, and nose-only tests in the following languages:
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.
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.
Monday and Fridays: 8.30am – 5.30pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday: 10am – 4pm
You can also check where your nearest one is 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.