Anyone aged 11 and over is able to take a supervised rapid (LFT) test at one of the participating pharmacies. Tests are free, only take a few minutes and the results are automatically logged by pharmacy staff.
Free Covid-19 testing is available at the following participating pharmacies:
- Bridgnorth Road Pharmacy, 41 Bridgnorth Road, WV6 8AF
- Jhoots Newbridge Surgery, 255 Tettenhall Road, WV6 0DE
- Jhoots 34-35 Thornley St, WV1 1JP
- Upper Green Pharmacy, 5 Upper Green, Tettenhall, WV6 8QQ
- Fallings Park Pharmacy, 212 Bushbury Road, WV10 0NT
- Your Pharmacy First, 1 Raynor Road, WV10 9QY
- Low Hill Pharmacy, 8 Showell Circus, WV10 9BA
- Ettingshall Pharmacy, 3 New Street, WV2 2LR
- Tettenhall Wood Pharmacy, 12 School Road, Tettenhall Wood, WV6 8EJ
All participating pharmacies offer walk-in tests, or they can be pre-booked online at Woverhampton COVID-19 lateral flow testing in Community Pharmacies.
Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: “Rapid testing is important in the fight against Covid-19, quickly identifying positive cases among people without symptoms and helping prevent them from passing the virus onto others.
“And with nearly 5,000 people in Wolverhampton testing positive for Covid-19 in the last week, it’s crucial that people take a regular test, particularly before they meet up with others.
“Pharmacy testing is very convenient; you can just call in and you don’t have to wait around for the results; you can leave and the results will be passed on to the NHS automatically, which will then inform you.
“This is great for people who are not confident about taking a rapid test at home as the pharmacy staff will show you what to do. It also means you don’t have to worry about logging on and registering the results, because it is all done for you.”
Supervised testing is also available without an appointment at the Jamia Masjid Bilal, Newhampton Road, open from 10am to 7pm daily, and the Civic Centre, open on Mondays and Thursdays from 8am to 6pm and Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8am to 5pm. Availability of home test kits for collection is currently limited, and so people are advised to order a home test kit via Order coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid lateral flow tests in the first instance. The process is quick and easy and people will receive a box of seven tests, delivered via Royal Mail, in as little as 24 hours.
Rapid testing is only available to people without Covid-19 symptoms. Anyone with symptoms, such as a fever, a new and continuous cough or a change to their sense of taste or smell, should self-isolate and book a PCR test at GOV.UK or by calling 119.
Latest figures show there were 1,842.2 new cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people in Wolverhampton over the last 7 days. That means 4,845 people tested positive for the virus in that same period – though the true number of cases will likely be higher.