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

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.

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: obtain a collect code to pick up coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid lateral flow tests at pharmacies. NHS England’s site finder allows you to search pharmacies near you that offer pharmacy collect.

How the collect code works

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.

  • 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.
  • COVID-19 Home testing supplies: specifically for businesses, community groups and places of worship. Fill out our form and order your test kits.

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.

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: 

Lateral flow tests
Test kit Innova Orient Gene Acon Flowflex
Package colour Blue and white Green and white Blue with brown
Nasal swab Yes Yes Yes
Throat swab Yes No No
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.

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.

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

  • Face coverings should be worn unless exempt.
  • A member of staff will greet you upon 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.
  • 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.
  • If you have the nasal only lateral flow test, results will be delivered between 10 – 15 minutes via SMS. If you have the throat and nasal lateral flow test, results can take up to an hour to be delivered by SMS.

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 remain cautious and test regularly.

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

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:

  • green and white pack (Orient Gene)
  • blue and white pack (ACON Flowflex)

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:

  • Arabic
  • Bengali
  • Chinese (simplified)
  • English
  • Gujarati
  • Hindi
  • Persian
  • Polish
  • Punjabi
  • Romanian
  • Slovak
  • Somali
  • Turkish
  • Urdu
  • Welsh

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.

Community test/collection sites in Coventry

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.

  • Indian Community Centre
    243 Cross Road
    CV6 5GP
  • Market Way
    14 Market Way
    CV1 1DL
  • Old Woodlands School
    Broad Lane
    CV5 7FF

Opening hours

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.

Customer Services

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

Tel: 08085 834333


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

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