Symptom-free testing for workers and volunteers

Find out if you can book a free rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) test.

If you work or volunteer in a role where you have close contact with people outside your home, or you are a childminder and you do not have any COVID-19 symptoms, you can book a free rapid test.

If you can work from home, you should continue to do so, and you do not need to have this test.

Rapid COVID-19 tests (also known as lateral flow tests) are available to anyone who does not have access to workplace testing. Results will be available in under an hour.

We recommend you get tested once a week even if you have been vaccinated. This will help pick up a COVID-19 infection early and reduce the risk to others. 

These tests do not replace the measures in place to stop the spread of infection such as hand-washing, staying two metres apart and wearing a face-covering.

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Do you have any of the following symptoms?

  • a high temperature
  • a new continuous cough
  • loss or change of smell or taste
  • difficulty breathing.
Warning If you have any of these symptoms, you are not eligible for the test.

What to do if you have symptoms

  • Get a test on GOV.UK to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible.
  • You and anyone you live with should stay at home and not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.
  • Anyone in your support bubble should also stay at home if you have been in close contact with them since your symptoms started or during the 48 hours before they started.
  • If you have tested positive, support and advice are available on how to self-isolate.

If you don't have any symptoms, check if you are eligible for a free rapid test.

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Do you have to leave your home for work or volunteering, or are you a childminder?
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Do you work or volunteer in a role that involves contact with other people?
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Can you get workplace testing through your employer?

You are eligible for a test.

Testing sites

When you make a booking, you will be asked to choose between three testing sites.

  • Spiceball Leisure Centre, Cherwell Drive, Banbury OX16 2BW
  • King's Centre, Osney Mead, Oxford OX2 OES
  • The Beacon, Portway, Wantage OX12 9BX

You must wear a face-covering and follow social-distancing rules when you come for your test. This helps protect our staff and others.

Enter the postcode of the centre you wish to attend into this interactive map for directions and opening times (opens a new window)

What you need to bring to the test centre

You do not need to bring anything to the test centre. But you could bring your test booking confirmation email on your phone or a printed copy.

No personal information is gathered other than name and email, which are only used for booking confirmation.

Warning Do not come to a testing site if you have symptoms – you must self-isolate while you arrange a test through the national booking system (opens a new window).

At the testing site

  • Do not arrive more than five minutes before your appointment. 
  • Drive and park considerately when you attend your test.
  • Follow social distancing rules.
  • Always wear a face-covering, except when you do your swab test.
  • You will be registered and guided on how to do the swab self-test. 

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