Testing for people without symptoms

The government has introduced tests for people without symptoms. They are called lateral flow tests or rapid response tests. This free, twice weekly, test is available for people who are age 16 and over. The easiest way to complete your test is using the community collect service, this means you can take your test in the comfort of your on home.

Taking a test involves taking a swab of the inside of your nose and the back of your throat (tonsil), using a long cotton bud.

Rapid response tests are currently offered by:

  • Pharmacy collect
  • Community collect
  • Community testing
  • Workplace testing

You can read about the testing options below including collecting kits to complete your test at home using Community Collect or getting a Community Test at a testing location.

If you have symptoms, you should self-isolate immediately and book a PCR test for people with symptoms online or by calling 119. These tests will take place at the Newclose Cricket Club site or you can order a home PCR test.

Pharmacy Collect

Pharmacy collect allows you to get free home testing kits for people without symptoms. This service is only available at certain pharmacies.

Enter your postcode and find your nearest pharmacy on the NHS Find where to get rapid lateral flow test portal.

Community Collect

Free home testing kits are available for people without symptoms. They are available to anyone age 16 or over.

Secondary school and college pupils will get given tests at school or college. Primary school pupils are not being asked to take tests. 

Getting a test

Anyone, age 16 or over, can collect a kit from any of the community collection locations detailed below. No booking is required.

  • Newport – Newclose Cricket Club, Blackwater Road, Newport, PO30 3BE
    • 7 days a week, 12.30 pm to 4.30 pm
  • Newport – Floor One, County Hall, High Street, Newport, PO30 1UD
    • Monday to Friday 7 am to 11 am and 2 pm to 6 pm
    • Saturday 7 am to 1 pm
  • Yarmouth – River Road Car Park, Yarmouth, PO41 0RA
    • Tuesday and Friday, 8.30 am to 4.30 pm
  • Sandown – The Heights Leisure Centre, Broadway, Sandown, PO36 9ET –
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8 am to 12 am and 3 pm to 6 pm
  • Ryde – Quay Road Car Park, Ryde, PO33 2HH
    • Monday and Thursday 8.30 am to 4.30 pm
  • Cowes – Isle of Wight Community Club, Park Rd, Cowes, PO31 7NP
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday 7 am to 11 am and 2 pm to 6pm

Results and next steps

If the result is negative, you must continue to follow national restrictions, maintain social distancing guidelines, wear a face covering when required and regularly wash your hands.

If the result is positive, you should self-isolate immediately and book a PCR test for people with symptoms. This test should be taken within 2 days of your positive rapid response test. You can book online or by calling 119.

Community testing

Taking a test on site

You can drop in or you can book using the Hampshire County Council system. 

Book a test (no symptoms)

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 will need to bring:

  • Your mobile phone
  • Your booking confirmation if you have one

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 our test sites are COVID-19 secure. Our staff all wear PPE and are tested regularly. Government guidance (including social distancing rules, face coverings and hand sanitisation points) is strictly followed.

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 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 negative, you must continue to follow national restrictions, maintain social distancing guidelines, wear a face covering when required and regularly wash your hands.

If the result is positive, you should self-isolate immediately and book a PCR test for people with symptoms. This test should be taken within 2 days of your positive rapid response test. You can book online or by calling 119.

Find out more information about self-isolation.

Community testing locations and opening times

  • Newport – Floor One, County Hall, High Street, Newport, PO30 1UD
    • Monday to Friday 7am to 11am and 2pm to 6pm
    • Saturday 7am to 1pm
  • Cowes – Isle of Wight Community Club, Park Rd, Cowes, PO31 7NP
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday 7am to 11am and 2pm to 6pm
Workplace testing

Some workers are already able to access rapid response testing from their workplace. Workers can continue to use the community testing sites or home testing if workplace testing hasn’t been set up. 

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