COVID-19 testing for those with no symptoms

If you need to leave home to do your job and you have no symptoms of coronavirus, you can book a free test at Totton Health and Leisure Centre, Monday to Saturday, between 9am and 5pm.

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Who is community testing for? 

This testing is for people without symptoms who are regularly leaving home to go to work, and who are not covered by an existing workplace testing scheme. Appointments must be pre-booked. 

Around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 have no symptoms so could be spreading the disease without knowing it. Community testing can help find people who do not know they have the virus, helping them to then isolate more quickly and avoid passing on the infection in their work settings. 

You are encouraged to use this community testing scheme particularly if you are in contact with vulnerable residents or working in places where you are likely to mix with those from many other households.  

This includes 

  • early years settings (not covered by national programme such as childminders, non-maintained nurseries)  
  • retail including supermarkets 
  • construction and maintenance  
  • some transport workers / hubs (including ferry, taxis, bus drivers)  
  • volunteers, including those supporting local authorities and emergency services in supporting the welfare of local residents. 

People who are working from home or shielding should not attend a community testing site. 

Booking a test

You can book an appointment for an asymptomatic test at any of the 11 community testing sites across Hampshire. Anybody can get a test, but you must be over 16 to book a test. 

  • tests can be booked online 24 hours in advance.
  • appointments should take no more than 30 minutes 
  • you will be asked not to eat anything for 30 minutes prior to your test 
  • You will take a lateral flow test, which involves a self-administered swab of the nose and throat, under the guidance of trained staff 
  • results will be confirmed after leaving the testing site by email or text message 
  • you will be able to book two tests per week between three and five days after your first test throughout the six-week programme.  

If you receive a positive test result you and your household will need to self-isolate.  This is a legal requirement. You may become eligible for test and trace support payments.

If you receive a negative test you must still continue to follow government guidance - keep socially distanced from others, wash your hands regularly and wear face coverings. 

For more information about testing without symptoms and to book an appointment at a community testing site, go to Hampshire County Council's website

If you have symptoms 

If you have symptoms of coronavirus - a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to sense of smell or taste - book a test on the government website or call 119. 

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