Community testing on the Isle of Wight
Free rapid response testing is available for people who do not have COVID-19 symptoms and who cannot work from home. Around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 have no symptoms.
Update 2 March 2021:
With schools re-opening next week the following people are now eligible for twice weekly rapid response testing:
- Households, childcare and support bubbles of primary and secondary-age pupils
- Households, childcare and support bubbles of primary and secondary staff.
This is part of a national programme that is currently being rolled out. Until the Island collection points for home testing kits are open, if you are eligible for testing, please book a free test at a rapid response community testing site.
Community testing is for people without COVID-19 symptoms. You will be taken to a Hampshire County Council site to make the booking.
If you do have symptoms, you should self-isolate immediately and book a test for people with symptoms online or by calling 119. Those tests will take place at the Newclose Cricket Club site.
The tests being used for community testing are called lateral flow tests. Lateral flow testing involves the processing of throat or nose swabs with a lateral flow device. Find out more about lateral flow testing.Book a test (no symptoms)
Test site locations
- Newport – Floor One, County Hall, High Street, Newport, PO30 1UD
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- Sandown – The Heights Leisure Centre, Broadway, Sandown, IW, PO36 9ET
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- Ryde – Learning and Development Service, Westridge Centre, Brading Road, Ryde, IW, PO33 1QS
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- West Wight – Community Hall of Yarmouth & District, St James’ St, Yarmouth, IW, PO41 0NU
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- Cowes – Isle of Wight Community Club, Park Rd, PO31 7NP
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Newport, Sandown and Ryde:
Monday to Friday 7am to 7pm
Saturday 7am to 1pm
Tuesdays and Thursday 7am to 7pm and Saturdays 7am to 1pm.
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 7am to 7pm, closed Saturday and Sunday.
To book a symptom-free test:
- You must live on the Isle of Wight
- You must not have COVID-19 symptoms, and not be self-isolating. If you do have symptoms, book a test here instead
- You should not be able to work from home.
Companies with 50 or more employees can now access testing directly by registering online for workplace coronavirus tests.
How to book a test at a community testing siteBook a test (no symptoms)
This booking system is managed by Hampshire County Council.
You can book a test on the Isle of Wight using this website.
You will not need to travel to the mainland for testing.
A pre-booking system is in operation.
You are advised to book at least 24 hours in advance.
If you can’t book online, please call 01983 823660 to book a test.
What to expect
You shouldn’t eat anything for at least 30 minutes before the test.
You’ll need to bring:
- Your mobile phone
- Your booking confirmation
- Work ID badge, critical worker letter or a letter from your workplace
If you don’t have a mobile phone you’ll need to bring:
- Proof of identity (photo ID). You can bring proof of address if you do not have photo ID.
All of our test sites are COVID-19 secure. Our staff all wear PPE and are tested regularly and government guidance (including social distancing rules, face coverings and hand sanitisation points) is strictly followed.
The test involves taking a swab of the inside of your nose and the back of your throat (tonsil), using a long cotton bud. You will do the swab yourself in a booth and the booths will be cleaned after each use.
Results and next steps
If you have a smart phone or mobile phone you will get your result within 30 minutes. If you do not have either a smart phone or a mobile phone you will need to call 119 the next day to get your results. You can also request an automated voice recording to your landline with the results. If the result is positive, you will be told to self-isolate for 10 days. You may be eligible for the £500 Test and Trace Support Payment.
If the result is negative, you must still continue to follow national restrictions, maintain social distancing guidelines, wear a face covering when required and regularly wash your hands. We all need to limit our social interactions to help stop the spread of COVID-19.