Community testing

Coventry City Council is offering community testing as part of the Government response to COVID-19. Community testing consists of a lateral flow test which can detect the COVID-19 virus in asymptomatic people.

Community testing will be used to identify early positive cases in the city. By using this new technology, we can speed up how quickly people receive their results and can safely get back to work, school and their daily lives in Coventry.

Where can I go for a community test?

Coventry City Council is providing community testing for local people across the city. Additional sites will be listed soon.

Coventry Transport Museum
Millennium Place
Hales Street
Coventry
CV1 1JD

Indian Community Centre
243 Cross Road
Foleshill
Coventry
CV6 5GP

Moat House Leisure and Neighbourhood Centre
Winston Avenue
Wood End
Coventry
CV2 1EA

Opening hours

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

Who is eligible?

To take a test at our centres in Coventry, you must:

  • Be free of any symptoms of COVID-19. Anyone with symptoms should book a test at one of our five symptomatic NHS testing centres in the city. Visit the NHS website or phone 119 to do this.
  • Be a resident of Coventry, or work in the city
  • Be over the age of 11 (anyone between 11 and 17 will need to have a parent or appropriate adult with them)
  • Not have been instructed to isolate by NHS Test and Trace

How will I be able to book/get a test?

No bookings are required, you can just turn up at the centre that is most convenient for you. You will be greeted by a member of staff to confirm eligibility, and they will talk you through the full process.

To save time, please bring a smartphone to register. If you don't have one, there will be a tablet available to use.

What are the opening times and when is the best time to attend one of the centres to avoid a queue?

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

As each service is being provided as a drop-in service, there may be times when there is a need to queue. We have staff on hand to help you to maintain safe distancing queuing, and keep you informed. The centres can get busier during the morning sessions, so we would recommend coming in the afternoon if you want to minimise the need to queue. We will be providing regular updates on how busy the centre is on Twitter, so follow @coventrycc for regular updates

Is testing mandatory?

Absolutely not. We are hoping that many people will recognise the benefits of testing in reducing the transmission of the virus and will choose to have a test, so that the circulation of the virus in Coventry will decrease going forward.

Why should I take part?

Community testing will provide a more accurate picture of the virus in Coventry. The testing will find people who do not have any symptoms but have the virus. By supporting these people to isolate, we can reduce the number of people they spread it to and ultimately reduce the transmission rate in the city. 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 are the tests?

All residents and workers who consent will be tested using new lateral flow tests which can rapidly turn around results within an hour without the need for processing the swabs in a lab.  The test itself is a self-administered swab to the back of your mouth and nostril.

How quickly will people get their results?

The lateral flow tests take up to an hour to get a result.  These are point of care tests meaning the result can be processed at the testing centre and does not have to be sent away to a lab. Typically, we are seeing results within 30minutes, however, results may take longer to be sent to some people, so it could take a few hours to receive the results after you leave the test centre. 

How accurate is the new lateral flow test?

The Department of Health and Social Care has said extensive clinical evaluation have shown the tests are accurate and sensitive enough to be used for asymptomatic testing in the community. However, it is important that anybody who receives a positive lateral flow test, then books a PCR test to confirm their results.

What happens if I test positive?

You will receive your result from NHS Test and Trace, via text message and email.

If you test positive, using a lateral flow test, you must self-isolate immediately, along with everyone in your household, for 10 days.  You must also book a confirmatory PCR test to fully confirm the result.

Contact tracing will be initiated through the NHS or local contact tracing team and contacts of the positive case will be advised to isolate for 10 days.

If I have to use public transport to go for a test and I test positive how would I be advised to get back home?

You should take all steps possible to not come into contact with others, this includes avoiding public transport. You would need to either walk home, or arrange for someone from your household to collect you. Other members of your household will also need to isolate for 10 days.

Can I get financial help if I test positive?

Eligible individuals who test positive and their contacts will be entitled to the £500 Test and Trace Support Payment in the same way as a regular swab test through NHS Test and Trace. Find out about the Government's eligibility criteria and how to apply.

What happens if I test negative?

You will continue to follow the preventative measures currently recommended for stopping the spread of the virus. 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.

Remember:

Hands. Face. Space.

  • Hands – wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water often, and as soon as you get home – use hand sanitiser if soap and water are not available.
  • Face – wear a face covering in indoor settings and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
  • Space – Stay at least 2 metres away from anyone you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble

If my result is negative, can I go and visit my mum in her care home? Or meet up with my friends?

A negative test does not change the current rules we all need to follow, and you must continue to observe the guidelines within the national tier system.

There is a separate national ‘test to visit’ scheme that a number of care homes in Coventry have signed up to.  Please note that this is separate to the community testing offered by Coventry City Council and a negative test from one of the community testing sites, may not be sufficient to allow care home visiting.  Please contact your loved ones’ care provider directly to discuss. 

How will this work with the app?

Positive results from tests will be collected by NHS Test and Trace, and published as part of the daily case numbers, including how many positive cases are detected with this new method of testing.

NHS COVID-19 app users should input their results into the app.

How long will community testing last for?

Community testing will continue to be provided throughout early 2021. This form of testing will be an important tool alongside the roll-out of vaccines to help us to make the decisions locally to keep our communities as safe as possible and to hopefully return a more normal way of life.

Can I take more than one test, and how regularly can I take one?

Yes, you can come for more than one test.  The test will give you peace of mind if negative, and help protect you and your close contacts if detecting a positive case to enable you to isolate (and seek a confirmatory PCR test).  By testing regularly we will also gain useful data about the trends in the local prevalence of covid-19 and help us to take actions to keep our communities safe.

Any repeat tests should not be within 5 days of your last negative test.  And if you test positive and this is confirmed by a follow-up PCR test, you should not take another Lateral Flow test for 90 days

Could you run out of tests?

No. We have capacity to issue thousands of community tests each day.

I have been offered a test which I have to pay for – is this one of yours?

No. All the COVID-19 tests that are part of community testing are free.

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