COVID-19 tests

COVID-19 Community Testing

COVID-19 Community Testing

Please note if you have COVID symptoms, generally feel unwell and/ or are self-isolating:

Book a test to do at home or at a local PCR testing site via the online national booking system 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

There are a number of simple ways you can get a COVID test if you don’t have symptoms, please read the following information to find out more.

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 even if you have been vaccinated.

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 for 10 full days).

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.

Where can I get a test?

Community Testing Hubs:

Chelmsley Wood Shopping Centre, next to the bus interchange 

Saturday - 9:00am - 4:30pm

Sunday: 10:00am - 3:30pm

Monday-Friday: 08:00am - 4:30pm

Solihull High Street, next to Halifax Bank

Opening hours are:

Saturday - 9:00am - 4:30pm

Sunday: 10:00am - 3:30pm

Monday-Friday: 08:00am - 4:30pm

This is an accessible, walk-in service for people without COVID symptoms.  No appointment is required.  Simply turn up during the opening hours and speak to a member of staff who will guide you through the testing process - you can either do a test there and then or you can collect a supply of tests to do at home.

*Testing arrangements  may change over the coming months so please check for the latest information by visiting the government website and entering your postcode or check this page regularly.

Community Collect:

Collect a supply of them to take at home from one of our Hubs or the Mobile Testing Unit. 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:

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.

Please visit this webpage regularly for the most up-to-date schedule of mobile testing locations. These are currently subject to change at short notice to respond to known outbreaks particular areas.

Henshaw Court, Castle Bromwich, B36 0JQ

Friday 30 July 9:30am-4:30pm

Tudor Grange Park

Saturday 31 July 10:00-4:00pm

Brueton Park car park, Warwick Road, B91 3HA

Sunday 1 August 12:30-4:30pm

Elmwood Place, 37 Burtons Way, Smith's Wood, Solihull, B36 0UG

Monday 2 August 9:30am-4:30pm

Tuesday 3 August 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:

Businesses were able to register to receive free rapid COVID tests, however if they were unable to do this in time they can pay an approved provider to provide tests or run a test site for them.  Businesses can also ask their employees to get a rapid lateral flow test to do at home or ask them to visit our Community Testing Hubs or our Mobile Testing Van – you can check where it will be in the borough on this 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:

If you are over 18 years old you collect COVID test kits to do at home from participating pharmacies in your local area, check where to get them by using the NHS map.

If you are unable to access the website or if you have testing queries simply call 0121 704 6918, Monday–Thursday, 9am–5pm, Friday 9am–4pm for assistance.

What will happen when I go for my test?

When visiting one of our Community Testing Hubs or the Mobile Unit follow the one-way systems and wait at the entrance. Staff  will signal when you can enter. If you do have to queue, please maintain social distancing.

Use the hand sanitisation stations provided You will be required to use these when you arrive and when you leave the building/ van.

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 Hubs 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 PCR 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, fresh air including in your workplace (and wear the correct PPE).

Remember to re-book 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  contacted locally by the Solihull contact tracing service to see if there is any practical, financial and emotional advice and support they can provide to help you and your household self-isolate.

For more information about the range of support available please visit our Here2Help page and if you need help with something we don’t currently provide, please let us know at contacttracing@solihull.gov.uk  and we’ll see what we can do.

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 through the online national booking system where you can order a PCR test to do at home or book an appointment to get one at regional testing site, the nearest of those being at Monkspath Hall Road and Birmingham Airport. Alternatively you can phone 119. 

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.