Symptom-free testing

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

For guidance on any changes to advice related to COVID-19, including any variants, please visit our information page.

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.

Your testing options

If you don’t have any coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, you have four lateral flow device testing options.

Option 1: Test kits delivered to your home

You can order tests kits online to be sent to your home. 

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

Option 2: Collection of home test kits (community collect)

Test kits are available for collection for everyone aged 18 or over from pharmacies. Find your nearest collection point on the NHS website, and apply the test kit collection filter.

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 also collect test kits from most libraries in the county – excluding Woodstock, Old Marston, Littlemore, Barton, and Bampton.

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 3: 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 4: Workplace testing programmes

Some employers are also continuing to provide symptom free-testing within workplaces.

Option 5: Targeted community testing

The county council, working with community organisations, is delivering a targeted community testing programme on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care. The aim is to make home testing kits available to people disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and individuals who may be less likely to access regular testing.

The aims are to:

  • identify symptom-free cases of COVID-19
  • improve access to testing
  • protect vulnerable individuals.

If your community organisation works with residents disproportionately impacted by the effects of COVID-19 or who may be less likely to access regular testing, consider joining the targeted community testing programme by emailing COVIDProgramme@oxfordshire.gov.uk.

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. A self-isolation information pack is available to provide advice and support.

If you test negative, it is recommended you continue to follow social distancing guidelines, wear a face covering in public, and regularly wash your hands.

Got any questions?

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