If you have coronavirus symptoms, you need to get a test done as soon as possible. You need to get the test done in the first 8 days of having symptoms.

Anyone who has symptoms of Covid-19 should immediately self-isolate for 10 days and book a test either online or by calling 119.

There are two types of testing for coronavirus available in Wolverhampton - testing for people with symptoms of Covid-19 and ‘mass testing’ for those without.

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

If you would like support booking a coronavirus test, you can also call a member of our Book a Test Team on 01902 290244, Monday to Friday 9am – 4pm.

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
  • Mountford Lane Car Park, Bilston, WV14 6NF (DO NOT enter Bilston Health Centre)
  • Blakenhall Resource Centre, Haggar Street, WV2 3ET (Indoor site)
  • Whitmore Reans Library, WV6 0QW

All sites are open between 8am and 8pm, 7 days a week.

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)

Rapid testing is only available for people without symptoms of Covid-19 who haven’t been instructed to self-isolate by NHS Track and Trace. They are most effective at picking up on Covid-19 infections in people who are not yet displaying symptoms.

This is really important because you may have the virus without knowing and inadvertently pass Covid-19 on to loved ones, friends or work colleagues. If detected early, you are able to self-isolate which will in turn help break the chain of transmission at an early stage and reduce the spread of the virus.  

The likelihood is you won’t have Covid-19 but, if it turns out you do, you will be able to take the necessary steps to protect yourself, your loved ones and the wider community.

  • No appointment is necessary and all are welcome. The process is rapid and you'll have your results inside the hour.
  • 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 Monday to Friday 8am-7pm and Saturday to Sunday 10am-6pm 
    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.

  • St Joseph's Catholic Church, Stow Heath Lane, Wolverhampton WV1 2QN
    The opening hours are Monday to Friday, 2pm-6pm. Free parking on the church car park.

  • Pendeford Library, Whitburn Close, Wolverhampton, WV9 5NJ
    The opening hours are Monday to Friday 8am-6pm and Saturday to Sunday 10am-6pm.

  • Ashmore Park Hub, 82 Griffiths Dr, Wolverhampton WV11 2LH
    The opening hours are 9am-6pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and 10am-6pm Saturday. Closed on Wednesday and Sunday.

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

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
  • prevent the need for a local lockdown
  • support our economic recovery, helping people safely return to normal.

If you test positive

  • You will need to self-isolate for 10 days. You can stop isolating on day 11 if you have not developed any symptoms.
  • If you develop symptoms at any point whilst isolating, you must start your 10 day isolation again from the day your symptoms started
  • Tell the people you live with.  They must also self-isolate for 10 days.
  • Follow instructions from NHS Track and Trace.  The questions they ask are important and will help protect others from Coronavirus. 
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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. 

How severe should the symptoms be for me to be tested?

You should book a test if you have any one or more of the above symptoms – even if they are mild.

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.

What is the difference between antibody and antigen testing?

An antigen test reveals if a person is currently infected with a pathogen such as the Covid-19 virus. Once the infection has gone, the antigen disappears.

An antibody test is a blood test to check if you’ve had coronavirus (COVID-19) before. It's not widely available yet. But it does not work for everyone, as some people who've had the virus do not have antibodies.

An antibody test does not tell you:

  • if you're immune to coronavirus
  • if you can or cannot spread the virus to other people
Can I have an antibody test?

Free antibody testing is not widely available yet.

It's currently offered to NHS and care staff, as well as some hospital patients and care home residents.

Home antibody test kits are not currently recommended, as it has not been confirmed if they're safe and reliable yet. You can pay for a test to be done at a private clinic if you want to, but we are unable to give you any advice about these.

How often can I get retested?

You can have a test as often as you like, if you feel you have symptoms or may have been in contact with someone who has Coronavirus.

The current advice for people in high risk environments is as follows:

  • Care workers providing care should have a test weekly.
  • Residents in care homes should be tested every month.
Can I still book an appointment to see my GP?

GP practices are open, but it is advised that you should not walk in to the surgery to make an appointment but telephone the practice. Some practices have websites where you can request a call back.

You should expect to be asked about your symptoms by the person who answers the phone who will then take the most appropriate action (e.g. book an appointment with GP, telephone consultation with nurse etc.).

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.

How soon will I get my results?

Test results should be sent to your mobile number within 72 hours of your test.

What will happen if my test is positive?

A positive result means you had coronavirus when the test was done. If your test is positive, you must self-isolate immediately.

If you had a test because you had symptoms, keep self-isolating for at least 10 days from when your symptoms started.

If you had a test but have not had symptoms, self-isolate for 10 days from when you had the test.

Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must self-isolate for 14 days from when you start self-isolating.

You will also get an email, text or call from the NHS Test and Trace service 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.

Do I need to bring anything?

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?

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.

Any additional persons are the responsibility of the Customer being tested, and must follow all Government guidance i.e. social distancing, face coverings.

What happens when I take a Lateral Flow Test?

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