Free Rapid Testing Available to Over-16s
Residents in North Somerset aged 16 and over without coronavirus symptoms can get free lateral flow tests twice a week.[Information correct at time of publishing. For the latest updates on local Covid-19 measures and announcements, view our coronavirus news articles.]
Around a third of people with coronavirus do not get symptoms, and therefore may unknowingly spread the virus. Lateral flow testing for anyone helps to find cases of coronavirus that otherwise may not have been detected. The recommended frequency for lateral flow tests is twice weekly.
Following a positive result, people should follow the self-isolation conditions and isolate for at least 10 days, including household and bubble members. Find out more about self-isolation and how long to isolate for on the NHS website.
Results from lateral flow tests take approximately 30 minutes. As restrictions ease and more people are outside safely mixing with friends and family, taking a test helps to protect those around you.
School children, their households and bubbles, and staff at nurseries, primary and secondary schools, and colleges, should continue to perform twice weekly covid-19 testing. See more and find out if you are eligible with our article on rapid covid-19 testing for school children and households.
If you have any questions or concerns about rapid testing in North Somerset, head to the North Somerset Council website for more information.
Free Rapid Testing
Free lateral flow testing can be performed at community testing sites in North Somerset. These are:
- Scotch Horn Leisure Centre car park, Nailsea
- Hutton Moor, Weston
- Somerset Hall, Portishead
The sites are open seven days a week from 8.30am to 5.30pm with late opening until 7.30pm on Tuesday and Thursdays.
Free Home Test Kit
You can get home testing kits from many places:
- From community testing sites (listed above)
- From Locking Road car park in Weston and Bristol Airport between 2.30pm and 8pm
- From some local pharmacies
- By ordering online from the government website
Order lateral flow rapid testing kits online here.
Find testing centres and test collection sites close to you here.
Book A Coronavirus Test
If you are exhibiting symptoms of covid-19, book a test at a designated testing centre. Those with coronavirus symptoms should not attend the rapid testing centres.
Locking Road car park in Weston and Bristol Airport are coronavirus testing centres open from 8am-8pm.
Order a PCR test through Gov.UK if you have symptoms.
As a reminder, you are displaying symptoms if you have at least one of these three symptoms:
- A high temperature
- A new, continuous cough
- You’ve lost your sense of smell or taste or it’s changed
Stay safe Nailsea!