Your symptom-free test appointment

Do not attend an asymptomatic testing site if you develop COVID-19 symptoms. You should book a PCR test instead.

If you are self-isolating you can take a symptom-free test when you have finished your period of self-isolation.

Changes from 16 August

From 16 August, you will no longer be required to self-isolate if you live in the same household with someone with coronavirus COVID-19 if:

  • you are fully vaccinated
  • aged under 18 years 6 months.

Find out more information on GOV.UK.

When you arrive

You will need to register your test - our staff will explain how to do this. 

You can bring the following to your appointment: 

  • your mobile phone to register when you arrive (this is not essential).

Limited parking is available on some sites. Please remember to drive and park considerately as they may be residential areas. Do not block any driveways while you attend your test.

Please follow social distancing rules. You must wear a face covering at all times, except when you do your swab test. 

Once registered, a member of staff will explain how to do the swab self-test. 

COVID-19 symptoms or self-isolating 

Do not come for a test if you are self-isolating or have any of the following symptoms:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • loss or change of smell or taste. 

Most people with COVID-19 have at least 1 of these symptoms.    

If you do have COVID-19 symptoms book an NHS test.

If a member of your household has been told to self-isolate after being in close contact with someone who has tested positive, you do not need to self-isolate if you have not been contacted. This means you can book a symptom-free test.  

After your test 

You will receive your test result by text message or email within 1 hour of completing your test. You do not need to wait at the test centre for your result.

Our team will analyse the sample. They will upload the test results linked to the barcode to the NHS Test and Trace digital system. The Test and Trace systems will link the registration record with the test result. We are unable to link any results to individuals.

If you do not receive your test results within 24 hours, you will need to take another symptom-free test.

Negative result 

If you test negative, please continue to take regular symptom-free tests.

You can now test twice a week. You can do this by walking into any of our asymptomatic testing sites or using a home test kit.

Positive result 

If you test positive, both you and any members of your household must self-isolate immediately. This must be from the day of your test and for the next 10 days. You must take a home test to confirm the result. You can get a follow-up test online or phone 119.

Individuals who return a positive symptom-free test must take a confirmatory PCR test within 2 days of their positive result. If you do not take the test within 2 days, you must continue self-isolating for 10 days, even if the confirmatory test is negative.

If you take your follow-up COVID-19 test within 2 days and the test result comes back negative, you'll no longer need to self-isolate.

You should inform your workplace of a positive test result.

Do not come back to the symptom-free testing site for another test.

Support payments 

If you test positive for COVID-19, support is available to help you during your self-isolation period.

More information

If you have any questions about taking a symptom-free test, email: ats@medway.gov.uk.

Thanks for your support. Please continue to get tested and help us stop the spread of the virus in Medway.