Symptom-free, rapid Covid-19 tests (lateral flow) are free and available to collect for home testing. Alternatively, you can book a lateral flow test appointment at participating pharmacies in the borough.
Rapid Covid-19 (lateral flow) testing is available to anyone without coronavirus symptoms and can help to detect and contain asymptomatic cases.
One in three people don’t have any symptoms, so don’t know they have the virus. By testing regularly, residents can help to reduce the spread of the virus and keep friends, families and the wider community safe.
When to take a rapid lateral flow test
You should take a rapid lateral flow test:
before meeting with other people, and at least twice a week
if you have been advised to test by the NHS, please visit the Government website
You are at higher risk of catching or passing on COVID-19 when:
in crowded and enclosed spaces
there is limited fresh air
Getting lateral flow tests
Home Covid-19 testing kits are available to everyone across Dudley borough
The easy-to-use kits are free of charge and can be collected from the following venues:
- order online from the Government website for home delivery (you are entitled to order one pack per day)
- collect tests from a pharmacy*
- collect tests from a community collect centre* (these include some libraries, leisure centres and places of worship)
Community Collect Centres include:
Brierley Hill Library 122 High Street, Brierley Hill, DY5 3ET
Dudley Leisure Centre 89A Wellington Rd, Dudley DY1 1UH
Dudley Library Dudley Library, St James’s Rd, Dudley, DY1 1HR
Halesowen Library Cornbow Shopping Centre, Halesowen, B63 4AZ
Lifecentral Church Lifecentral Church, Little Cornbow, Halesowen B63 3AJ
Kingswinford Library Market Street, Kingswinford, DY6 9LG
Lye Library Chapel Street, Lye DY9 8BT
Salvation Army 55 High Street, Lye, Stourbridge, DY9 8LX
St Andrew’s Church 27 Bilston Street, Sedgley, Dudley, DY3 1JA
Crystal Leisure Centre Bell Street, Stourbridge, DY8 1AE
Stourbridge Library Crown Centre, StourbridgeDY8 1YE
St James’ Church Belfry Drive, Wollaston, DY8 3SE
Holy Trinity Community Centre High Street, Wordsley DY8 5RU
Please note: opening hours may vary over the Christmas period.
*If you are collecting tests, you can collect 2 packs at a time (14 tests in total).
The symptom free test is a painless, quick and easy throat and/or nose swab and results are available in 15-30 minutes, depending on the type of test pack you receive. Please review the instructions carefully.
How to do a Covid-19 self test
Pharmacy collect service
You can bring along a collect code when you pick up your lateral flow tests from pharmacies.
You can get your collect code online at gov.uk/get-collect-code or by calling 119.
Please note: people can make an anonymous collection if needed.
Don't forget to register your lateral flow test result online.
Book a lateral flow test appointment
People can book an appointment for a rapid Covid-19 test at pharmacies across the borough. These tests are assisted by trained staff, and some people might prefer this option:
Parents can have their children tested if they perform the swab on the child.
If you have any of the symptoms of coronavirus:
- a new, continuous cough
- a high temperature
- a loss or change to your sense of smell
- or if you feel unwell for any other reason
- you must book a standard COVID test at one of the borough’s testing sites.
You must only get a symptom-free test if you feel completely well and have no symptoms at all. If you feel unwell but are not displaying the usual symptoms of coronavirus, you must book a standard COVID test and not a symptom-free test. You can do this by selecting — “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” — on the standard COVID test booking form.
Lateral flow tests only measure if someone is infectious at that point in time. If anyone has negative test and goes on to develop any symptoms, they must self-isolate immediately and arrange a standard PCR test at one of the borough’s testing sites.
Anyone who has a positive test must self-isolate immediately and follow the advice given by the local contact tracing team or the national test and trace service. It is vital that people identify contacts to help stop the spread of the virus.
Residents who have had the vaccine should also take regular lateral flow tests. All residents should make sure they upload their results to help further monitor cases in the borough.
People who have had Covid within the last 90 days do not need to use lateral flow tests until 90 days after having the virus, as it could return a positive result. People should however restart the testing process once the 90-day period has elapsed.
Lateral flow tests have been rigorously tested and are safe to use on a regular basis. Any suggestion otherwise is inaccurate and harmful misinformation.