Where to get a Covid-19 test in Coventry

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There are two types of Covid-19 test available in Coventry. This is how to access them:

1. Rapid tests for those who do not have any symptoms

Local rapid test centres have been set up which you can go to without an appointment to get a test (known as a rapid flow test). You will get the results within in 30 minutes onsite.

Find out where Coventry’s rapid test centres are

If you test positive you will need to get a second test using one of the testing centres that send your sample to a lab to be analysed.


2. Tests for people with symptoms of Covid-19 that are analysed in a lab

You always need an appointment for one of these tests and you can book an appointment by:


Current coronavirus restrictions

National Lock down - stay at home

You must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary. You may leave the home to:

  • shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
  • go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
  • exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.

Read more about when you can leave your home

Advice for those extremely clinically vulnerable 

Guidance has been updated to support those at most risk from Covid-19 to protect themselves. 

The shielding guidance applies to clinically extremely vulnerable individuals only. Others living in a household with someone who is clinically extremely vulnerable are not advised to follow this guidance.  They should instead follow the general advice and regulations set out in the national lockdown guidance that came into effect on 5 January 2021.

The clinically extremely vulnerable will get priority access to vaccination against COVID-19 before the general population  You will be contacted again by the NHS with more information on when and how you will be invited to get the vaccine.

Find out more from Gov.uk

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Local Covid-19 support

Coventry City Council, local NHS organisations and voluntary organsations offer support:

Find out about local practical or financial help during the current restrictions

Go to emotional wellbeing support produced by Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust


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What are support bubbles and childcare bubbles?

If you live alone or you’re a single parent who lives alone with your children, you can meet with 1 other household without social distancing. This is called a support bubble. Once you’re in a support bubble, you can think of yourself as being in a single household with the people from that other household.

Childcare bubbles with another household can be made for informal childcare for children aged 13 or under from friends and family you do not live with.

Read more about support bubbles

Read more about childcare bubbles

NHS Test and Trace app

The NHS Covid-19 app

The NHS Covid-19 app helps notify users if they have come into contact with someone who tests positive for Covid-19. The app allows people to report symptoms, order a coronavirus test, check in to venues by scanning a QR code and it helps the NHS trace individuals that have coronavirus.

The app does this while protecting the user’s anonymity. Nobody, including the government, will know who or where a particular user is.

Read more and download the app