Rapid asymptomatic testing is also known as lateral flow testing.
It is a fast and free way for people without symptoms (asymptomatic) of COVID-19 to find out if they have the virus.
This test is different to the test you’d have if you had symptoms of COVID-19.
Around one in three people with COVID-19 do not have any symptoms and could spread the virus without knowing it.
Rapid tests are available to help find people who are asymptomatic, to help us to stop the spread of the virus in Rutland.
The tests are voluntary.
- Opening times
- How to book a test
- Taking a test and getting your result
- What to expect when you arrive
- How to change or cancel your appointment
- What you need to do with your results
To be eligible for a test at the Rutland testing site, you will need to meet the criteria.
- live OR work in Rutland, and be unable to work from home during the national lockdown (including those in volunteering roles)
- not have any symptoms of COVID-19 – if you do have symptoms, you must not book a lateral flow test. You must book a test through the gov.uk website or call 119, and self-isolate until you receive your test result
- not be self-isolating – for example because you’ve had close contact with someone who has tested positive, or have recently returned from abroad
- not already be part of regular asymptomatic testing programme
- are 18 and over
Please note: It is recommended that you continue to be tested (if you meet the above criteria), even if you have been vaccinated for Covid-19.
The lateral flow testing centre will be open on the following days.
Mondays - 8am - 3pm
Tuesdays - 8am - 3pm
Wednesday - 1pm - 8pm
You need to book a test in advance – do not turn up without an appointment.
Appointments are for one person, to help manage the flow of people through the testing site and keep everyone as safe as possible.
If a person requires a support person then they are able to come to the testing site with them, as long as they are part of their bubble (this means your regular support person/persons during lockdown). This person can also book to take a test at the same time.
You can book up to two tests per week
You will need to register your test when you arrive for your appointment.
To save time, you can create an NHS login / account before you arrive.
Remember to bring an internet enabled phone to your appointment, if you have one. If you don’t have one, we can give you a device to use.
The test involves taking your own throat and nose swab.
You should not eat or drink for at least 30 minutes your test, to reduce the risk of your test being spoiled.
The process from registration to leaving the site should take no longer than 30 mins.
You can leave the test site straight after you’ve taken your swab.
The results are sent to you by text or email within an hour of taking the test, but in some instances, it can take longer.
If you have not received your results within 24 hours of taking the test, call the NHS on 119.
Please make a note of your appointment time, and make sure you arrive on time.
There’s no indoor space to wait for your appointment, so we advise you not to arrive too early.
The testing centre is at:
Unit 18e, Oakham Enterprise Park, Ashwell Road, Oakham, Rutland LE15 7TU
Follow the testing centre signage from the main entrance.
Car parking is available for free on site.
If you need to change or cancel your appointment, contact our customer services team:
If your test is positive:
You must self-isolate immediately. NHS Test and Trace will be notified – you’ll be advised on how long you (and any close contacts) must continue to isolate for.
If your test is void or inconclusive:
This means it’s not possible to say if you were infectious when the test was done. You will need to take the test again, so please book again as soon as you can.
If your test is negative:
This means that you did not have coronavirus when the test was done and therefore you are not required to self-isolate (unless you go on to develop symptoms or are identified as a close contact of a positive case). Please continue to book and take regular tests.