Symptom-free testing

Getting tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) if you do not have symptoms.

The government is encouraging everyone to take part in twice-weekly rapid lateral flow device (LFD) testing. This regular testing will help identify positive tests and stop the spread of the virus.

If you or a member of your household has COVID-19 symptoms, you must self-isolate immediately and book a symptomatic (PCR) test at one of Oxfordshire’s five symptomatic testing sites as soon as possible. Do not attend a symptom-free site or use a lateral flow device.

Your testing options

If you don’t have any COVID-19 symptoms, you have five lateral flow device testing options.

Option 1: Workplace testing programmes

You may have the option of taking part in workplace testing on-site or at home – ask your employer in the first instance if this is available.

Option 2: Secondary school and college testing

If you are at secondary school or college, you will have the option of taking part in testing at your school or college, or through LFD kits provided for you to test at home. The tests provided should only be used for testing the children they were supplied for. 

Option 3: Rapid testing at one of our symptom-free sites

Anyone over the age of 16 can book to visit one of four test centres in the county. You can do this through our booking site. The location of each testing site and information on wait times are on our interactive map.

  • Spiceball Leisure Centre in Banbury (OX16 2BW)
    Weekdays 7am - 7pm, Saturday 8.30am - 12.30pm
  • The Beacon in Wantage (OX12 9BX)
    Weekdays 8.30am - 7pm, Saturday 8.30am - 12.30pm
  • King’s Centre in Oxford (OX2 0ES)
    Weekdays 8.30am - 7pm, Saturday 8.30am - 12.30pm
  • Brownes Hall in Carterton (OX18 3JH)
    Weekdays 8.30am - 7pm, Saturday 8.30am - 12.30pm

Limited parking is available at centres, so please park considerately when you arrive.

You will need to bring your test booking confirmation and a face covering. If you have a smartphone, this will also help speed up the registration process.

The LFD test involves you taking a swab of the back of your throat and inside of your nose. The swab is given to trained staff at the test centre who process the test on-site. You will receive results within an hour by text message or by email.

Book your test

Option 4: Collection of home test kits (community collect)

You do not need to make an appointment to collect home test kits but you can check online if the location is open or busy before you go.

You can collect from any of the symptom-free test sites during their opening hours:

  • Spiceball Leisure Centre in Banbury (OX16 2BW)
    Weekdays 7am - 7pm, Saturday 8.30am - 12.30pm
  • The Beacon in Wantage (OX12 9BX)
    Weekdays 8.30am - 7pm, Saturday 8.30am - 12.30pm
  • King’s Centre in Oxford (OX2 0ES)
    Weekdays 8.30am - 7pm, Saturday 8.30am - 12.30pm
  • Brownes Hall in Carterton (OX18 3JH)
    Weekdays 8.30am - 7pm, Saturday 8.30am - 12.30pm

or from any of the symptom test sites, 2.30pm - 8pm:

  • Oxford Parkway, Water Eaton Park & Ride, Oxford Road, Oxford (OX2 8HA)
  • Woodgreen Leisure Centre, Woodgreen Avenue, Banbury (OX16 0HS)
  • Osney Lane, Oxford (OX1 1NY)
  • Woodford Way car park, Witney (OX28 6JS)
  • Fuller Building Restaurant, Oxford Brookes University, Headington (OX3 0BP)

Collection of home test kits will also be available through the pharmacy collect scheme as it expands.

Find your nearest collection point on the NHS website, and apply the test kit collection filter.

To collect home test kits, you need to be aged 18 or over. You will need to register your results online or by calling 119.  

Option 5: Test kits delivered to your home

You can order test kits online to be sent to your home if you are unable to visit a test centre, access workplace testing or collect them.

All results need to be registered online or by calling 119.

Taking the test at home

  • The lateral flow device test involves people taking a swab of the back of the throat and inside of the nose.
  • The sample needs to be tested following the instructions provided.
  • The result is confirmed in 30 minutes and needs to be reported to the NHS on GOV.UK.
  • Once a home test is completed, the kit should be placed into the bag provided and disposed of with your general household waste.

Anyone who tests positive will need to take a second PCR test – find out more. A self-isolation information pack is available to provide advice and support.

If you test negative, you must continue to follow social distancing guidelines, wear a mask in public and regularly wash your hands.

Got any questions?

Our answers to a number of frequently asked questions may help.