Correct use of Regular Rapid Testing (Lateral Flow Tests)

Regular Rapid Testing kits (Lateral Flow Tests) have been made available for people without Covid symptoms. You can get a twice weekly

rapid test if you:

  • Still have to leave home for work or to care for others;
  • Are a member of a household, childcare bubble or support bubble of school staff or a pupil
  • Are a member of a household, childcare bubble or support bubble of a child at nursery or pre-school
  • Are in an occupation associated with schools such as out of school clubs or you have to visit a school or pre-school setting for your work

To find out how to access a rapid, regular test kit, visit:

Please remember however regular rapid tests are for people without symptoms only. If you have Covid symptoms you should follow the advice below.

  • When someone at home gets any Covid symptoms, stay at home and get tested. This cannot be a rapid test but a PCR or
  • Everyone in your household has to stay at home, until you get test results. This is called self-isolation and means you must not go to work, or school, to the shops, the park or be around other people
  • If you has been in contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid, you have to stay at home to self-isolate for 10 days, even if you get a test and get a negative result – because the virus can still appear
  • By opening a window or door and letting fresh air into your home, you can help prevent the spread of the virus
  • Get vaccinated. When it’s your turn to get vaccinated you will be invited by your GP.

To find out more about the Gloucestershire vaccination programme, visit:

Continue to follow the steps above even if you have been vaccinated while we learn more about the impact it is having.

For further advice and information around Covid, getting tested and the support available, visit