Tests for Covid-19 are now available without an appointment in Wolverhampton.

People with symptoms of Covid-19 should still try to book a test online by visiting GOV.UK or by calling 119 in the first instance. 

However, in the unlikely event that people cannot reserve a slot, they can attend the Faulkland Street test centre, just off the Ring Road, without an appointment. The Faulkland Street test centre is open from 8am to 8pm and people are advised to attend as early as possible as a limit of 50 tests are available each day without an appointment and will be offered on a first come, first served basis. 

The city's 4 other test centres – a drive through centre at Aldersley Leisure Village and walk-through centres at Showell Road and Blakenhall Community Resource Centre in Wolverhampton and Mountford Lane in Bilston – remain appointment only.

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "Testing is key to getting a grip on this pandemic, and we've worked hard to make it as easy as possible for people to get tested for Covid-19. 

“Up to 2,000 tests are being carried out in Wolverhampton each day, and this is proving invaluable – primarily of course in enabling people to find out whether they have got Covid-19 and to take whatever steps may be necessary as a result, but also in helping us understand where we are in the fight against coronavirus and to better respond to outbreaks as and when they occur.

“If you've got symptoms you should still try and book your test online or over the phone as normal, but if you can't reserve a slot you now have the added reassurance that you can simply walk up for a test at Faulkland Street. Please attend as early as possible as tests are offered on a first come, first served basis.”

People can get a test within 8 days of first developing symptoms of Covid-19, which include a fever, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to their sense of taste and smell.

Details of all of Wolverhampton’s test centres can be found at Coronavirus Testing. People are reminded that they should wear a face covering when attending walk through centres, only removing these while the test is taking place. 

Latest data shows there were 222.83 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 residents in Wolverhampton over the seven days to 24 October, compared to 180.39 the week before.

The latest information and guidance around coronavirus is available at GOV.UK and on the council’s own coronavirus pages. For full details of the High Alert restrictions, and the answers to frequently asked questions, please visit Covid Alert.