Covid testing is an important tool in our recovery from the pandemic. This guide aims to clarify the different types of tests and how you can access them in Leeds. Please share with your colleagues and service users to help protect our community.

Testing for COVID-19 – Guidance for Leeds citizens
There are different tests you can get to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19). The test you need depends on why you’re getting tested. Both tests are free. The 2 main tests are:

  • Rapid lateral flow tests –  for people with no symptoms, they give a result in 30 minutes using a device similar to a pregnancy test.
  • Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests – for people with symptoms, they are sent to a lab to be checked.

Things to note
If you have to self isolate, you may be entitled to financial support.
Vaccination remains the best defence against the virus.

If you have no symptoms (Asymptomatic)  
If you are an adult with no coronavirus symptoms, you can test yourself regularly at home with Lateral Flow Tests (LFTs) to help stop the spread of the virus. You should take a lateral flow tests every 3 or 4 days. Report your results online or over the phone according to the instructions in the pack.

Where can I get lateral flow tests?

  • Order a test kit to your home: www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests
  • Collect a home test kit from a local pharmacy. Find your nearest pharmacy here: https://maps.test and-trace.nhs.uk/
  • Collect a home test kit at a local PCR test site after 2.30pm:
    • Mandela Community Centre, Chapeltown Road, Chapeltown LS7 3HY
    • Temple Green, drive-through centre near junction 45 of the M1
    • Gryphon Sports Centre, University of Leeds, Woodsley Rd, Leeds LS2 9LZ
    • Pudsey Civic Hall Car Park, Dawsons Corner, Stanningley, Pudsey LS28 5TA
  • Collect a home test kit at a local Community Hub (Open 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday, and 10am to 1pm on Saturdays):
    • Armley Community Hub & Library, 2 Stocks Hill, Armley, LS12 1UQ
    • City Centre Community Hub, Woodhouse Lane, LS2 8LX (not open Saturdays)
    • Deacon House Centre, Seacroft Avenue, Leeds, LS14 6JD
    • Dewsbury Road Community Hub & Library, 190 Dewsbury Road, LS11 6PF
    • Halton Library, 273 Selby Road, LS15 7JR
    • The Compton Centre Community Hub & Library, Harehills Lane, LS9 7BG
    • The Reginald Centre, Chapeltown Road, Leeds, LS7 3EX

What my results mean
If you test positive on a lateral flow test, you, and everyone you live with, must self-isolate immediately for 10 days from the day you took the test. You should arrange a full PCR test to confirm the result immediately by booking online at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by ringing 119. Only leave home for your follow-up test.

If you test negative on a lateral flow test, you should continue to follow the preventative measures currently recommended for stopping the spread of the virus. To protect yourself and others, you must remember: Hands. Face. Space. Fresh Air.

If you have symptoms (Symptomatic)
If you have coronavirus symptoms, including a high temperature, a continuous cough or a loss of or change in taste or smell, you must book a PCR test immediately at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.

You and everyone you live with must immediately self-isolate. Self-isolation is when you do not leave your home because you have or might have coronavirus. This helps stop the virus spreading to other people.  Do not leave home until you get your test results, except to post a test kit or for a PCR test appointment.

What my results mean  
If you test positive on a PCR test, you, and everyone you live with, must self-isolate immediately. Your self-isolation period includes the day your symptoms started and the next 10 full days. Anyone you live with will also need to self-isolate at the same time.

Help and support while you’re staying at home
If you have been asked to self-isolate by the NHS Test and Trace service, you may be entitled to a support payment of £500. See www.leeds.gov.uk/coronavirus/self-isolation-support for more information.  If you cannot afford to pay for essentials such as food, gas and electric, call the Leeds City Council Welfare Support Team on 0113 376 0330.

Surge or enhanced testing
Enhanced testing may start in an area in response to coronavirus cases linked a variant of concern. The Council will ask as many people as possible in a local area to get tested for coronavirus, even if they do not have any symptoms. The enhanced testing will only last for a temporary period of time. This is an extra measure to help the council and the government understand the new variants of coronavirus.

Vaccine
The coronavirus vaccine gives you the best protection against coronavirus and is safe and effective after extensive trials. If you have not yet had the vaccine and you are over the age of 25, book your appointment here: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/ If you are under the age of 25 make sure to take the vaccine when you’re called up.

It is still important to get tested, even if you have had either a first or second dose of the vaccine, as you can still pass the virus on to others.

For more information about testing in Leeds see: www.leedsccg.nhs.uk/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-where-to-go-for-testing/