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COVID-19 Testing

Local testing sites make it easier for everyone to get a free Coronavirus test. This means more local people can get tested quickly and stop the spread of the virus.  Anyone with coronavirus symptoms, however mild, can get a free swab test that takes less than a minute.

Testing sites offer a safe, quick and convenient way for people to be tested. Testing makes it easier for health professionals to track people with COVID-19 and trace their close contacts, which helps prevent the further spread of infection.

There are four options for getting tested for Covid-19 in Sandwell

  • You MUST get a test if you have Covid-19 symptoms (a high temperature, a new continuous cough or a change to your sense of taste or smell)
  • You CAN CHOOSE to get a test as a precaution if you have the following other symptoms:
    • headaches
    • aches and pains
    • feeling very tired for no good reason
    • sore throat
    • runny nose
    • sneezing
    • tummy ache in children.
  • If you are booking a test as a precaution select the following option on the Covid-19 test booking formMy local council or health protection team has asked me (or someone I live with) to get a test, even though I do not have symptoms. If you have any of these other symptoms you do not need to isolate unless you have a positive test result.
  • You can get a rapid test to see if you have Covid-19 if you are unable to work from home, you need to leave home for work and you don’t have any symptoms. This test is only for people with no Covid-19 symptoms.

Testing Sites

  • Car Park, Dudley Road, Oldbury
  • Car Park, Temple Street, West Bromwich
  • Car Park, St Pauls Road, Smethwick
  • Car Park, Kelvin Way, West Bromwich
  • Car Park in Jubilee Park, Powis Avenue, Tipton

Rapid Test

Rapid Covid-19 tests are available for anyone who has to leave home for any reason (eg, to go to work, to go to college, to visit a place of worship.) You must not book this type of test if you have any Covid-19 symptoms. These tests are only for people without any symptoms.

Locations where you can pick up rapid home test kits

  • Car park, Temple Street, West Bromwich, B70 9AF
  • Car Park in Jubilee Park, Powis Avenue, Tipton

You can collect rapid tests to use at home from some pharmacies. These home testing kits are for people aged 18 or over who do not have symptoms to use twice a week. Find your local pharmacy where you can pick up home tests

For children getting a rapid test at West Bromwich Town Hall:

  • Young people aged 16-17 can self-swab
  • Children aged 12-15 may self-swab with supervision of a parent or guardian
  • Children 11 or under, the accompanying parent or guardian is required to administer the test on the child.
  • Specific instructions will be made available for swabbing young children
  • Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for a rapid test.

You may be closer to these other testing sites outside of Sandwell

All testing sites have detailed procedures in place to ensure they have health and safety at the forefront. Safety measures include:

  • Social distancing measures. Those being tested will be asked to arrive on foot, bike or in their own car. They will be asked to wear a face covering including travelling to and from the testing centre.
  • Cleaning regime. There is a strict cleaning regime for the whole site which means that facilities are cleaned multiple times a day to ensure very high standards of hygiene. Waste is removed on a regular basis.
  • Designated areas. The testing areas are separate from all other areas. All efforts have been made to reduce the disturbances to local communities and only operational staff will be in the designated area of the testing site.

Visiting a local site for a test

 


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