Last Updated 5:09pm, 7 April 2021
When to get a test
If you DO have COVID-19 symptoms
If you start to display any of the symptoms of COVID-19 such as a:
- new and continuous cough
- high temperature
- loss of, or change to, your sense of taste or smell
it’s vital that you arrange a test as soon as possible.
You can book a visit to a test site to have the test or order a home test kit if you cannot get to a test site. You’ll be told when booking your test where your nearest centre is.
If you DO NOT have COVID-19 symptoms
Everyone in England is being encouraged to take a free rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) test twice a week. Alongside vaccine rollout, regular testing is at the heart of plans to reopen society and the economy, helping to suppress and control the spread of variants.
Getting a rapid test is fast and convenient. Devon County Council is delivering the mobile Community Testing Service across Devon. This allows you to get tested and, from 9 April, to collect home-testing kits.
We’ve provided some more details about lateral flow testing to help explain what the tests are and how they work, and there are some simple videos that provide a step by step guide.
You can also:
- order home-testing kits from the NHS by post
- collect home-testing kits from NHS testing locations, and pharmacies that are part of the Pharmacy Collect scheme
- get tested as part of the on-site testing in secondary schools and colleges
Some workplaces are offering testing to their employees on-site or at home.
Carers, personal assistants, front line social care staff and Devon County Council employees can also order and collect testing kits from the DCC PPE hubs.
The government policy and guidance around testing is changing rapidly – we will keep this page updated to reflect any changes.
How to do a home-test for COVID-19
Home-testing kits enable you to test for COVID-19 in a fast and convenient way. This government video shows you how to test yourself for coronavirus (COVID-19) using a self-test rapid antigen test kit, as well as how to read your result and report it to the NHS.
What people think of the service
This dashboard shows real-time feedback from people who have used the Community Testing Service. The service is free and fast – just check locations and opening hours and walk up.
Map of test sites
Locations can also be viewed on the NHS map but please check opening times carefully.
Guidance for employers
The staff of all organisations and businesses are encouraged to make use of the Community Testing Service.
All employers, regardless of size, can apply directly to NHS Test and Trace for support in setting up your own workplace testing. If companies have specific queries following that, they can contact the relevant team at the Department for Health and Social Care via P-and-PSector@dhsc.gov.uk.
You should not be asking members of staff to get tested before they come into the workplace. You can also help by communicating the guidance around testing to your staff.
Please see the latest information from the government on testing in schools.