Get tested

Get Tested

COVID-19 cases continue to rise across Plymouth. It is really important that everyone takes a lateral flow test twice a week before heading out, even if you are fully vaccinated! If you display any symptoms of COVID-19 you must isolate immediately and take a PCR test.

Lateral Flow Tests (home testing twice a week)

1 in 3 people with coronavirus show no symptoms and are potentially spreading COVID-19 without knowing. Rapid lateral flow tests (LFDs) enable us to find these cases and prevent the spread of infection. Everyone in Plymouth is asked to take a Lateral Flow Test twice a week. This can be done at home, for free. If the test is positive, you MUST self-isolate and apply for a PCR test.

Please take a test before you leave your home – especially if you are visiting friends, family, a care home, an enclosed public space, bars and restaurants in the city.

You can access the tests:

  • Online: A box of seven can be posted to your home for free.
  • At one of our libraries across Plymouth. Locations and opening hours
  • At a local pharmacy
  • At our mobile testing van, which will be visiting the below locations over the week. They will be handing out tests to take home, and in some locations supervised testing will be offered. Bookings are not required. We will be operational between 10am and 3pm.  Due to the responsive nature of the Mobile Testing Unit, these sites are subject to change at short notice. This list is updated regularly.


  • Friday 6 August: Mudge Way
  • Sunday 8 August: Barbican Leisure Park
  • Monday 9 August: Tesco Roborough
  • Tuesday 10 August: Plymstock Broadway
  • Wednesday 11 August: Granby Way, Devonport
  • Thursday 12 August: Frankfort Gate

See here for further FAQs about Lateral Flow Tests. 

PCR tests (for those with symptoms)

If you are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 you can book a test on the GOV.UK website or call the NHS on 119. There are a number of local sites that have availability for testing.