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Getting a test in Dudley borough.

Do you have any of the main symptoms of Covid-19?

If you have any one of the main symptoms of COVID-19:

  • a new, continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

You should immediately self-isolate for 10 days and book a test either online (using the link below) or by calling 119.

If you've been in close contact with someone who's tested positive for COVID-19 you can get a standard Covid-19 test (PCR), whether or not you have symptoms.

NHS Advice - getting tested for Coronavirus. 

Do you have other symptoms?

Some Dudley borough residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 have displayed other symptoms. Though these are not the COVID symptoms, we would like to encourage residents to get tested as a precaution:

  • headaches
  • sore throat
  • runny nose
  • sneezing
  • aches and pains
  • feeling very tired for no good reason
  • tummy ache in children

When booking coronavirus test online, select the below option on the COVID test booking form:

  • My local council or health protection team has asked me (or someone I live with) to get a test, even though I do not have symptoms

If you have any of these other symptoms you do not need to isolate unless you have a positive test result.

The virus can present differently in children. Advice for parents and carers on other symptoms to look out for to get a precautionary test.

Do you have no symptoms?

Everyone is being encouraged to get regular rapid symptom free (lateral flow) Covid-19 tests.

You can get home tests from a range of pick up points, including pharmacies, or you can get a symptom free test at one of the testing locations across Dudley borough. 

If you test positive

If you test positive you need to isolate for 10 days after your symptoms started or if you have no symptoms from the date of your test result.

The rules for self-isolation have changed for close contacts. Close contacts of a positive case (including households) no longer need to self-isolate if they are:

  • fully vaccinated
  • are under the age of 18 and 6 months
  • can’t have the vaccination for medical reasons
  • or have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial

Close contacts must however take a PCR test and then isolate if positive or if they have any symptoms. Young children aged four and under do not need a PCR if they are a close contact, only if they have symptoms or someone in their house tests positive.

Support if you or someone in your household tests positive for Covid-19, and those quarantining following international travel.

If you have an enquiry about NHS Test and Trace, or would like to give feedback or make a complaint visit Enquiries for Test and Trace

Covid-19 - the right test helps protect us all

There are TWO different types of Covid-19 tests, which test you take usually depends on whether or not you have symptoms.

It’s really important that people understand the difference between the two types of tests and when they should be taking them. Testing correctly and regularly will make sure we are keeping infection levels low and our communities safe.

You must continue testing even if you have been vaccinated.

Which Covid-19 test should you take?

PCR test Rapid symptom-free test (LFT)
Who's it for? People with Covid-19 symptoms, or generally unwell with other symptoms* PEOPLE WITH NO SYMPTOMS
Is it sent away for processing? Yes No
Results received Within up to 72 hours Within up to 30 minutes
Tells if you have Covid-19? Yes Yes
Can be checked for variants? Yes No

PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests

These test are used when a person has any Covid symptoms (new continuous cough, fever, loss in or change of taste or smell, OR feel generally unwell) and they mostly take place at testing sites. They are then tested at a laboratory. If you take a PCR test because you have one of the main Covid-19 symptoms you and your household must isolate until you have your test result as you may be infectious.

If you are testing because you are feeling unwell with other symptoms, you don’t need to isolate unless you get a positive result. If your result is positive you must all isolate for 10 full days so you don’t pass the virus on. You may also be asked to take a PCR test as a precaution by your local council or NHS (even if you don’t have any symptoms).

Rapid symptom-free tests

Also known as lateral flow tests (LFT) can be done at home and give a result in just 30 minutes. This test must not be used if you have any symptoms. LFT should be used by us all - ideally we should get into the habit of doing them at least twice a week.

1 in 3 people with Covid-19 don’t show any symptoms. Already the rapid tests have picked up 146,000 positive Covid cases across the UK, helping to stop the spread. If you test positive on a rapid test (LFT), isolate along with your household and get a PCR test immediately to confirm your result.

Free boxes of rapid tests (LFT) can be picked up at test centres, participating pharmacies or ordered online - find out your local collection point.

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