Mass community testing: Getting a test if you don't have symptoms

National Lockdown restrictions changed on Monday 12 April

COVID-19 restrictions in Kirklees tells you more about what this means.

This page is about mass community (lateral flow) testing

Go to COVID-19 Test and Trace: Getting a test if you have symptoms if you require a test because you have symptoms.

Community (mass) testing aims to identify people who don't have COVID-19 symptoms (this is called being asymptomatic), but who are infectious and could spread the infection to others unknowingly. The main aim is to help prevent and reduce transmission in the community.

  • The lateral flow tests used have a rapid turnaround because they are processed at community testing sites. There is no need to send samples to a lab.

Who is eligible for this testing

Tests are available to everyone over the age of 18 in England who do not have COVID-19 symptoms.

The tests are free.

Benefits of getting a community lateral flow test

Taking a test helps reduce the spread of the virus in your community, however it is not mandatory to have a test.

  • If you test positive, you help to break the chain of transmission of COVID-19 in your household, support bubble and community.
  • The test identifies and supports infectious people to isolate before they develop symptoms.
  • Testing helps with the management and containment of COVID-19 outbreaks.
  • Testing protects those most vulnerable to the impacts and consequences of COVID-19.

Testing sites

These are different sites to those you book through the national system when you have symptoms.

You do not need to book, simply go to and walk through any of the sites.

Find a community test centre, opening times and how busy it is

You must not attend one of these sites if you have any coronavirus symptoms. Instead go to Test and Trace: Getting a test if you have symptoms

You must wear a face covering, including in the queue.

You will need to register on arrival. If you have an internet-enabled smartphone please bring it with you to speed up the process.

How you will get your results

  • You will be given a bar code.
  • Results are ready very quickly - from 30 minutes to a couple of hours.
  • You will receive your results by text or email soon after you leave the test site.
  • If you don't have a mobile phone or email address, you can provide the mobile number or email address of a family member or friend who is happy to receive the results on your behalf.

Please select a test centre on the Test Centre Finder to view the address, opening times and what the current waiting time is.

The last test is carried out at 7.30pm, please arrive at least 30 minutes before to make sure your test can be carried out that day.

Find rapid lateral flow test sites and collection sites

How you will be tested

  • Testing involves you taking a throat and nose swab sample.
  • This is then processed with an extraction fluid and a Lateral Flow Device (LFD).
  • The LFD can detect COVID-19 antigens that are produced when a person is infected with the virus.
  • If antigen is present, then a coloured strip on the LFD will appear and show a positive result.

Accuracy of the test

  • Lateral Flow Devices (LFDs) find at least half of the cases that Test and Trace testing detects.
  • They find about three-quarters of people who have very high amounts of virus present when tested.

If you don't receive your result within 3 days

  • You can take another test.
  • Or you can call 119. Quote your barcode number and they will try to track down your result.

Understanding your test results

Positive lateral flow result

Isolate immediately! You are legally obliged to self-isolate for the next full 10 days.

Get a PCR test to confirm the result.


Test and Trace: Getting a test if you have symptoms

Negative lateral flow result

A negative lateral flow test result does not mean you definitely don't have COVID-19 due to the accuracy of the test. You must continue to follow restrictions and prevention and health advice.

COVID-19 restrictions in Kirklees

Prevention and health advice

NHS Test and Trace

  • NHS Test and Trace or Local Contact Tracing will contact you if you get a positive test.
  • If you use the NHS COVID-19 app you should input your results into it.
  • Positive results from tests will be collected by NHS Test and Trace and published as part of the daily case numbers.

Test and Trace: What to do if you are traced

Help and support

If you test positive for COVID-19 or are asked to isolate by NHS Test and Trace following this process you may be eligible for financial and practical support.

Financial support

COVID-19 Community Response

Apply for a Test and Trace support payment

Additional information

Please be aware that Kirklees Council are providing regular email updates around COVID-19.

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