England is now subject to National lockdown: Stay at Home restrictions. You must stay at home.
Portsmouth City Council is now offering asymptomatic community testing. This is for critical workers who can’t work from home and who have regular contact with other people during their work.
To make sure we get tests to those who need them most, please only book if you meet the eligibility criteria.
Around one in three people who are infected with COVID-19 have no symptoms so could be spreading the disease without knowing it. Getting tested now will help protect Portsmouth.
Using rapid turnaround tests supplied by NHS Test and Trace, community testing will protect people most at risk by helping to drive down transmission rates.
Eligible critical workers will be able to access testing at the Portsmouth Guildhall site from Monday 22 February.
If you have taken a test within the last 90 days because you had symptoms and that test was positive, you should not use community testing yet. Wait until 90 days after the date of your last test, and book at that point. If you test positive for coronavirus through a rapid turnaround test administered at this site, you do not need to test again for 90 days, unless you get a new set of symptoms.
Critical workers who meet the criteria for asymptomatic testing and work for companies with more than 50 employees not yet set up to offer rapid flow testing may use the Council’s community testing programme.
A socially distanced queuing system will be in place.
Don’t attend if you have any symptoms of coronavirus – a new persistent cough, a temperature or a loss of or change to your sense of smell or taste – or if you have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace. If you have any of these symptoms – no matter how mild – ask for a test at gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or call 119.
We have a selection of posters and graphics that can be printed or used online to let employees and volunteers know about community testing. You can download these materials using the links below.
All the information displayed on the posters and in the images is available on this website. These assets are designed to help businesses and other organisations spread the word about community testing.