If you have symptoms of Covid-19 such as a fever, a new and continuous cough, or a change to your sense of taste or smell, you should immediately self-isolate and book a PCR test.

Please note, some of our rapid test collection sites are currently closed due to stock shortages.

Please order rapid tests through the pharmacy collect service or, to take a test, attend one of the pharmacies offering walk-in rapid testing, or the walk-in rapid test centres at the Civic Centre (Mondays and Thursdays, 8am-6pm and Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays 8am-5pm) and the Jamia Masjid Bilal, Newhampton Road (10am-7pm, daily).

If you do not have any Covid-19 symptoms, you should get regular rapid lateral flow tests.

What to do if you have symptoms (symptomatic)

If you have symptoms of Covid-19 - a fever, a new, continuous cough, or a change to your sense of taste or smell, you should immediately self-isolate for 10 days and book a test either online or by calling 119.

Book a test online

Getting tested

Testing is important because it helps us prevent COVID-19 from spreading so we:

  • save lives – particularly those most at risk
  • protect our health and care systems
  • prevent the need for a local lockdown
  • support our economic recovery, helping people safely return to normal

Testing sites

There are a number of regular Covid-19 testing sites available across the city. You must pre-book a test online or by calling 119 before going to a test centre.

Please ensure you wear a face covering when entering the sites until instructed to take these off. On entry to the testing site you will be asked for the details of your pre-booked appointment. You may not be able to take a test without an appointment and could be asked to return when you have an appointment, pre-booking is strongly advised.

Walk-in test sites

  • Showell Road Test Centre Car Park, Off Stafford Road, WV10 9LU (DO NOT enter Science Park Building)
  • Faulkland Street Car Park, WV1 1JN
  • Railway Street car park, off the A41 Oxford Street, WV14 0EP
  • Blakenhall Resource Centre, Haggar Street, WV2 3ET (Indoor site)
  • Whitmore Reans Library, WV6 0QW

NOTE: All sites are open from 8am-6pm, and are no longer offering pick ups for home test kits.

Drive through testing centre

Priory Green Building, Whitburn Close, Pendeford, Wolverhampton WV9 5NJ. This site is open daily from 9am to 3pm by appointment only.

If you test positive

Please view What your test result means.

What to do if you have no symptoms (asymptomatic)

Around 1 in 3 people with Covid-19 do not have symptoms but could still infect others. Getting tested is the only way to know if you have the virus, so regular testing is recommended.

Anyone who does not have symptoms can now get free regular rapid flow tests to check for Covid-19.

Your options to get tested are:

Pharmacy testing

Supervised in-pharmacy testing is available for free at participating pharmacies around Wolverhampton. There is no need to book, tests are quick and easy, and the results are automatically sent to you.

For more information about in-pharmacy testing, and for a list of participating pharmacies, please visit Pharmacy Testing.

Home Test kits

Home rapid lateral flow tests are quick and easy and give you the results in around 30 minutes, which you must then report, even if they negative, online or on the phone.

Rapid lateral flow tests are free and come in packs of 7. You can collect up to 2 packs of 7 from your local test collection site. If you are unable to get to a test collection site, you can order 1 pack of 7 tests delivered to your home.

To collect or order you free test kits and for more information please visit Lateral flow home test kits

Rapid test sites

You can also get free regular lateral flow tests at test sites across the city. No appointment is necessary, and results will be sent to you by phone or email in around an hour.

Testing is available for ages 2+ but under 18s should be accompanied by a parent, carer or guardian.

Please note, testing is not available to anyone who has been asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace OR if you have tested positive for Covid-19 in the past 90 days.

Testing is available for ages 2+, but under 18s should be accompanied by a parent, carer or guardian.

To receive your result you can either provide a mobile phone number and/or email address. For those without access to a mobile phone or e-mail - a unique test ID will be provided and you can call 119, 24 hours after the test to get your result. 

Testing sites

  • The Civic Centre, St Peter's Square, WV1 1SH
    The opening hours are Mondays and Thursdays from 8am-6pm and Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8am-5pm. Closed Saturday and Sunday. 
    Free parking is available at St Peter's Car Park off Wulfruna Street for people attending the Civic Centre for a test, and free parking for Blue Badge holders is widely available around the Civic Centre.

  • Jamia Masjid Bilal, 58 Newhampton Road, WV6 0AA
    The opening hours are 10am-7pm daily.

You can now use the Test Site Finder to find your nearest testing site.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Why is testing important

Testing is important because it helps us prevent COVID-19 from spreading so we:

  • save lives – particularly those most at risk
  • protect our health and care systems
  • can begin to ease lockdown restrictions
  • support our economic recovery, helping people safely return to normal
What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

The most common symptoms are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back 
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours 
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything

If you have any of these symptoms do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital, book a test straight away, even if the symptoms are mild.

How often can I get retested?

You should take a rapid LFT test regularly, ideally twice a week, even if you don’t have coronavirus symptoms. Reporting the results helps us to monitor the spread of the virus.

You can also book a symptomatic (PCR) test as often as you like, if you feel you have symptoms or may have been in contact with someone who has coronavirus.

Will the test hurt?

Carrying out the test shouldn’t hurt you. You may feel a tickle in your throat as you swab your throat, and you may feel a little discomfort when you swab your nose.

For more information please view Your step-by-step guide for COVID-19 self-testing 

How soon will I get my test results?

Results from LFT home test kits show up in 30 minutes. You must then report these results even if they are negative. Report a COVID-19 rapid lateral flow test result.

Results from lateral flow tests taken at test sites across the city are sent to your phone or email in around an hour.

Results from PCR tests should be sent to your mobile phone within 3 days, but most people get their results the next day.

What will happen if my LFT test result is positive?

If a rapid lateral flow test (LFT) shows a positive result you must self-isolate straight away and book a confirmatory PCR test.

What happens if my PCR test result is positive?

A positive result from a PCR test means you had coronavirus when the test was done, and you must self-isolate immediately. Get a free PCR test to check if you have coronavirus.

If you have symptoms, keep self-isolating until at least 10 days from when your symptoms started.

If you tested positive but do not have symptoms, you should self-isolate for 10 days from when you had the test. If you develop symptoms while you are self-isolating the 10 days restarts from the day after your symptoms began.

People that you live with should self-isolate for 10 days too, unless they are:

  • Fully vaccinated (this means 14 days since your second dose)
  • Under 18 years 6 months old

You may also get an email, text or call from NHS Test and Trace if you test positive after having symptoms. You’ll be asked where you’ve been recently and who you’ve been in close contact with.

What if someone booking a test does not have a mobile phone?

The booking process involves a link being sent to your phone via a text message that enables you to book a test. The results of your test are also sent to your phone via a text message.

If you do not have a mobile phone you can provide the mobile phone number of a trusted friend or relative. Both the link to book the test and the test result will then be sent to the nominated number.

Do I need to bring anything to a pre-booked test?

If you are attending for a pre-booked test, you must bring a valid form of ID, your confirmation email, a smart phone and a face covering.

You will not be admitted to site without a face covering.

Can I bring family members to a pre-booked test?

Only those being tested should attend the test site. If you are unable to leave family members at home, they may accompany you on site, but must also be wearing a face covering.

Site security reserves the right to refuse entry to additional persons above those booked for testing.

Educational settings
Local Priority testing for educational settings

City of Wolverhampton Council, in partnership with Wolverhampton CCG, are now able to offer priority testing for staff working in educational settings in the City. This offer is essential to ensure that staff who are isolating due to having symptoms of the virus, have access to a test. Should they test negative they can return to work as soon as they feel well enough to, keeping our settings as well resourced as possible in the current circumstances.

All teaching and support staff across early years (including private nurseries and childminders), primary, secondary, special and alternative settings, who are on day 3-8 of symptoms and have not been able to get a test via the national test booking process, are eligible for this offer through their setting.

Settings will be required to send all the following details to bookatest@wolverhampton.gov.uk to request a test slot for their member(s) of staff:

  • Name of staff member (and if applicable household member(s))
  • Staff Role
  • Setting Name
  • Staff Email Address
  • Staff Mobile Number
  • Date of first day of symptoms

The ‘book a test’ team will then confirm a test appointment with the staff member that has been referred.

All tests are offered at a walk-through site at Wolverhampton’s Showell Road Local Test Site (next to Wolverhampton Science Park) and are by appointment only. The tests are clinically administered by the CCG. Test slots are currently available 7 days a week, mornings only.

Staff eligibility criteria
  • Have symptoms of COVID-19 (temperature, continuous cough, loss/change to sense of taste/smell)
  • Employed to work in a Wolverhampton educational setting
  • On day 3 or more of symptoms
  • Unable to access a test though the government/NHS booking systems
  • Are employed to work in a Wolverhampton setting and are isolating due to a member of their household having symptoms. (In this circumstance, tests are offered to those household members with symptoms of COVID-19.)

Where demand for testing slots is high, staff will be prioritised who are in those settings where their absence would create a significant disruption to the education of pupils.

If you have any questions/queries about this local testing offer, please email schoolscovid@wolverhampton.gov.uk