COVID-19 testing FAQs

Who should take a lateral flow test?

All adults and secondary aged pupils are encouraged to take a lateral flow test twice a week. 

I’ve been identified as a contact of a positive COVID-19 case by NHS Test & Trace, should I take a lateral flow test?

If you have been contacted and told you need to self-isolate, then you must immediately self-isolate for 10 days and are not allowed to leave your home, even if you don’t have symptoms. You can request a lateral flow test to be delivered to your home. However, a negative result does not mean you can end your isolation period.  

Should children take a test?

Yes. We are encouraging secondary aged children to continue to take regular lateral flow tests during the summer holidays.

I have been double vaccinated, should I take a lateral flow test?

Yes. Being vaccinated does not stop you getting COVID-19 totally, and you can still spread the virus.

What financial support is available if I have to self-isolate?

The Government has announced a new payment to support people who face financial difficulty if they have been instructed to self-isolate on or after 28 September 2020.

Visit our NHS Test and Trace support payments page for more details.