Latest News

COVID-19 Testing

The Civic Centre has been transformed into a mass lateral flow testing centre to provide asymptomatic (without symptoms) testing for Covid-19 with results in 30-60 minutes.

The testing centre is open 7 days a week, providing testing Monday to Friday 8.00am - 7.00pm and weekends 10.00 - 6.00pm.

The testing site is open to all residents and employees, including those working in the City’s educational settings.

We advise people to access a test on a regular basis and for employees in educational settings twice weekly testing is encouraged. There is no requirement to book an appointment, those wanting to get a test can simply arrive, register on site and get tested by providing a nasal and throat swab. Free parking is provided for those accessing a test at the adjacent, St Peter’s car park (WV1 1LY). Adults and children over 2 years old are able to access a test, providing they are not displaying Covid-19 symptoms – new continuous cough, temperature or loss/change to the sense of taste or smell. Where this is the case, they will be signposted to a symptomatic test site locally. The site also does not provide testing for those that have been asked to isolate due to identified close contact with someone who has tested positive. Current local guidance is that staff and pupils who have been required to self-isolate as part of a bubble closure should complete their self-isolation period and should not access the LFT site as a means of returning to school earlier than planned. Those that test positive by a lateral flow test will be required to self-isolate for 10 days, along with members of their household, and will be required to get a confirmatory PCR test from one of the City’s other test sites. Those that test negative can continue with their normal routine. As a reminder, there are 50 PCR test slots a day at the Faulkland Street test centre, that can be accessed by just turning up. Regular mass testing is one of the key weapons in the fight against Covid-19 with the aim being to provide convenient, accessible and frequent access to testing to identify and isolate positive cases earlier, preventing onward transmission. In addition, it will support employee safety and wellbeing through reducing exposure to Covid-19 in the workplace. It is hoped that testing on this scale will drive down the City’s infection rates. Lead person to contact in the LA: Howard Jobber Senior Public Health Specialist