What COVID-19 test should I take?

There are two types of COVID-19 tests: a PCR and a rapid lateral flow (LFD) test.

What test to take depends on whether you are showing any symptoms.

PCR test

A headache, sore throat, fatigue and runny nose are now common symptoms linked to COVID-19, so if you have any of these or a high temperature, a continuous cough, or you’ve lost your sense of smell or taste, you need to take a PCR test. You can order a PCR test kit to be sent to your home or book an appointment at a walk-in or drive-through test site. You can book a test or order a kit from here: https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test

LFD test

These are the tests you use if you haven’t got any symptoms and test kits can be collected from the reception areas at any of the College campuses.

Lateral flow testing is a fast and simple way to test people who do not have symptoms of COVID-19, but who may still be spreading the virus. About 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms but can still infect others. You should do a rapid test twice a week (every 3 to 4 days) to check if you have the virus.

The tests can give you a result in 30 minutes and do not need to be sent to a lab.