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Back to school – symptom-free testing for households and bubbles of school pupils and of staff

Anyone who is in the same household, childcare bubble or support bubble as a pupil or someone who works in a school or college, is now eligible for twice weekly symptom-free testing.

Undertaking regular, rapid Covid-19 testing will help to reduce transmission of the virus as lockdown restrictions begin to ease.

There are different ways to access this type of symptom-free testing. People who are eligible can book, collect or order regular symptom-free tests:

Book an appointment at the nearest symptom-free testing site or pharmacy

Visit the online booking system

Phone: 020 8865 1952 (Monday – Friday 8.30am to 6pm, Saturday 9am to 5pm, local charges will apply)

Home test kits cannot be collected from these sites. You can only pre-book an appointment to take a test on-site.

Collect a symptom-free home test from your nearest collection point

Some local testing sites are operating as collection points for symptom-free home tests. Please note, you cannot currently collect home test kits from our symptom-free Targeted Community Testing sites. Find the nearest collection site on the NHS site finder.

  • You do not need to book an appointment
  • You can collect two packs of home test kits. Each pack contains seven tests
  • You must be over 18 years old#

Once the test has been completed, every result (positive, negative or void) must be reported to NHS Test and Trace, on the same day as the test was taken. Report results online or call 119.

Order a symptom-free test to be delivered

Anyone who cannot get tested their workplace, are unable to go to a test site or collect a test kit, can order a home test kit from the GOV.UK website.

Once the test has been completed, every result (positive, negative or void) must be reported to NHS Test and Trace, on the same day as the test was taken. Report results online or call 119.

Getting results

Anyone who tests positive or gets coronavirus symptoms, should tell the school and:

A negative result means the test did not find signs of coronavirus. But this does not guarantee you do not have coronavirus, so you should keep following all coronavirus advice including:

  • regular handwashing
  • social distancing
  • wearing a face covering where recommended

For more information on symptom-free testing available in Surrey visit: surreycc.gov.uk/symptomfreecovidtesting

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