April 11, 2021

Covid – 19 testing: free to everyone and a checklist for what to do

Free coronavirus testing for everyone

Everyone in Somerset will be able to access free, regular, rapid coronavirus testing from Friday 9 April as part of a new Government initiative in England.

Information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/get-a-test-for-coronavirus-covid-19-if-you-do-not-have-symptoms


Rapid testing detects cases quickly, meaning positive cases can isolate immediately. We are all encouraged to take regular tests (twice a week) to help prevent outbreaks and reclaim a more normal way of life.


Regular testing is for people without symptoms and will be available through:
  • community testing at one of the local authority testing sites, where you can also collect tests to take away. Go to https://www.somerset.gov.uk/coronavirus/covid-19-lateral-flow-test/
  • workplace testing programmes
  • schools’ and colleges’ testing programmes and
  • through an online home ordering service which will deliver lateral flow tests to your home.
Soon, a ‘Pharmacy Collect’ service will start to provide a box of 7 rapid tests to use twice a week at home. Details of participating pharmacies will be available at: https://www.somersetwestandtaunton.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-and-information/

REMEMBER: If you have Covid 19 symptoms do NOT go to a test site, GP surgery or pharmacy. Order a test for people with symptoms at https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or call 119. If you cannot get help online, or you are not sure  what to do or are worried about symptoms  use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service

The NHS quick guide to Covid-19 Testing sets out what to do in different situations: go to

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