COVID-19 Community Testing
Please note if you have COVID symptoms, generally feel unwell and/ or are self-isolating:
- Book a test via the online national booking system here or by phoning 119 to access a test (local sites include Monkspath Mobile Testing Unit and Birmingham Airport).
If you DO NOT have COVID symptoms and:
- live or work in Solihull
- do not already receive regular COVID testing
Please note there are a number of ways you can get a COVID test if you don’t have symptoms.
Please read the following information and book a test through the link below if you want to take one at a Community Testing Centre.
What is COVID-19 community testing?
A locally-led testing service set up to test people without COVID-19 symptoms (asymptomatic) in Solihull.
It involves a nose and throat swab test and gives results in under an hour. People carry out their own swab tests, then trained staff process the results.
These tests are vital in helping to stop the spread of COVID-19. They are quick and easy to do and give fast results. We recommend that you get tested every 3-5 days.
Who should have the test?
Anyone living or working in Solihull aged 2 or over can get a test. Please note those under 11 must have the test completed by a parent/guardian; those between 12 and 18 years old will require supervision from a parent/guardian.
However secondary school children will be issued a test from their school.
Remember you must not have any symptoms of COVID-19, nor should you attend if someone in your household is self-isolating (you need to self-isolate with them).
Not everyone who tests positive for the virus gets COVID-19 symptoms. By taking the test regularly, preferably twice a week (every 3-5 days), you can make sure you are not passing the virus onto family, friends and colleagues.
As this is an appointment only service. Those that have booked should attend alone unless they require assistance from another adult or are aged 2-17 years old.
Where can I get a test?
Community Testing Centres:
From the following locations with a booked appointment:
Tudor Grange Leisure Centre
Blossomfield Road, B91 1NB
Newington Resource Centre building
Newington Road, Marston Green, B37 7RW
Both sites open for appointments:
- Monday to Friday 8.00am-5.30pm
- Saturday and Sunday 10.00am-1.30pm
Test centres and opening hours may change over the coming months so please check for the latest information by visiting the government website and entering your postcode here or check this page regularly.
Order tests online and then collect from one of our community testing centres. You can also use the COVID-19 test and vaccination site finder and use the filter system to help you find other locations which may be more suitable.
COVID-19 Community Mobile Testing Unit:
We have mobilised our first COVID-19 Community Mobile Testing Unit. This service is for local people who do not have COVID symptoms and for those who also may be working in the general area where the unit is stationed. No appointment is needed simply turn up at the specified location during the operating hours, so please check this section regularly to see when the unit will be in your area.
Mell Square, Solihull Town Centre B91 3BG
Friday 16 April: 9:30am-4:30pm
Saturday 17 April: 9:30am-4:30pm
Sunday 18 April: 9:30am-4:30pm
The Community Crescent, Pomeroy Way, Chelmunds Cross
Tuesday 20 April: 9:30am-4:30pm
Wednesday 21 April: 9:30am-4:30pm
Thursday 22 April: 9:30am-4:30pm
Shirley Park (near the play area), Stratford Road, Shirley
Friday 23 April: 9:30am-4:30pm
Saturday 24 April: 10am-2pm
Sunday 25 April: 10am-2pm
Royal British Legion, 1611 Warwick Rd, Knowle B93 9LE
Monday 26 April: 9:30am-4:30pm
Tuesday 27 April: 9:30am-4:30pm
Wednesday 28 April: 9:30am-4:30pm
A home ordering service:
People over 18 years old can order lateral flow tests online to be delivered to their home
Businesses and workplaces:
Employers in England are able to offer free rapid coronavirus tests to staff to take at home under the extension of a government scheme. Home kits are being offered to firms with more than 10 employees, where on-site testing is not possible.
Businesses need to register by 12 April for the lateral flow tests, which are free until 30 June. Employees will be told to inform their bosses of a positive test result, as well as the NHS, which will then offer them a confirmatory PCR test.
Most businesses in England can register via an application form on the government's website. Charities and some other organisations, including those who are a building society, a partnership or a sole proprietor, will need to register by email, with details listed on the same web page.
Secondary schools and colleges:
Students will be provided with tests to take home.
Schools or colleges can apply for test kits:
Contact your school or college for details and this includes permanent, temporary and voluntary school, college or nursery staff. Alternatively, any staff in this group can order test kits for collection at our community testing centres.
Teaching and non-teaching staff of primary and secondary schools, colleges and nurseries:
Should take twice-weekly rapid lateral flow tests using home test kits.
Your local pharmacy:
From 19 April residents over 18 years old will also be able to check participating pharmacies in their local area so that they can collect regular COVID test kits from.
How do I book a test?
You must book a test online here if you want to take a test at one of our community test centres:
If there are no available slots, please check again later in the day.
Anyone needing help to book should call 0121 704 6918, Monday – Thursday, 9am – 5pm, Friday 9am – 4pm. Please note this number is only for help if you are unable to access the website or if you have testing queries.
Newington Resource Centre and Tudor Grange Leisure Centre have car parks. Please note there is a 2m barrier on entry to the Tudor Grange Leisure Centre testing centre and you will be required to display a ticket when parking at this site.
What will happen when I go for my test?
When visiting our community testing centres residents should arrive few minutes before their booked appointment.
There is a one-way system to enter and exit the building. You will need to wait at the entrance and will be called in for your appointment. If you do have to queue please maintain social distancing.
Use the hand sanitisation stations provided in front of the entrance, within the waiting area and as you exit from the building. You will be required to use these when you arrive and when you leave the building.
A member of staff will greet you on arrival and check you do not have COVID-19 symptoms.
You must wear an appropriate face covering when in the building. If you do not have one, you will be provided with one.
You will then be escorted to a testing area where a member of staff will talk you through the test including how to register your test.
You will need to put the swab in the back of your mouth near your tonsils.
You will then need to put the swab up your nose.
Next carefully place the swab into the tube provided.
A member of staff can then process the test. The results will be sent off and you will receive your results via SMS message from NHS Test and Trace within the hour.
What happens next?
- If you receive a positive test result you and those you live with must self-isolate immediately for 10 days, if you don’t you could be fined. Please note if your positive result was from an LFD test taken at either of our community testing centres or the mobile testing unit you should also take a follow-up PCR test as soon as possible and within 2 days of receiving the positive LFD test. You must book this via the online national booking system or by phoning 119 to access a test.
- If you develop COVID symptoms within your isolation period, start a new 10-day isolation period by counting 10 full days from the day following your symptom onset
- If you test negative for COVID you still need to follow hands, face, space outside the home and in your workplace (and wear the correct PPE)
- Remember to rebook your test every 3-5 days
- All test results are managed by the national NHS Test and Trace Service. If you do not receive your test results within 12 hours, then you will need to rebook a new test. For more information please see the official NHS guidance.
Where can I get help and support?
Solihull residents who test positive for COVID-19 who cannot be contacted by NHS Test & Trace system may be be contacted locally by the Solihull contact tracing service with advice and support about the required self-isolation period and to discuss any other support needs.
You may be eligible for financial support. For more information please click here or call 0121 704 8200. Contacts of positive cases instructed to self-isolate by the national track and trace team can also apply for financial support.
If you generally feel unwell or develop symptoms (high temperature, new continuous cough, loss or change in sense of smell or taste) you need to book a test at GOV.UK or by phoning 119. The nearest regional test sites are located at Monkspath Hall Road and Birmingham Airport.
Please see a list of downloadable resources related to community testing in Solihull.
Employers are encouraged to promote regular (every 3-5 days) COVID-19 testing to their employees, read more about the COVID-19 testing options for businesses. Below you can find a range of sector posters that can be displayed around your workplace:
- Commercial Cleaner A4, A3
- Construction Worker A4, A3
- Delivery Person A4, A3
- Factory Worker A4, A3
- Nursery Teacher A4, A3
- Retail Assistant A4, A3
- Taxi Driver A4, A3
- Trade Person A4, A3
Getting a rapid COVID-19 test in Solihull couldn’t be easier.
Read the following leaflet or watch the video below to see how our community testing sites work: