Regular Covid Testing: households and support bubbles of school staff and pupils
You can find out more about testing below.
Why community testing is important
1 in 3 people with coronavirus do not have symptoms but can still pass it on to others. Regular testing for people without symptoms is important to help stop the virus spread and protect our loved ones. Community testing will help us identify more positive cases quickly and support people to self-isolate, therefore breaking chains of transmission and protecting communities. Let’s all help keep our community safe.
Who can get a test?
The community testing scheme is for those without symptoms of coronavirus who are in the following groups:
- Households with primary school, secondary school and college age children, including childcare and support bubbles
- Households, childcare and support bubbles of primary, secondary and college staff
- Adults working in the wider school community, including bus drivers and after school club leaders
School and College students do not need to be tested this way as they will be issued tests via schools and colleges. Primary school students do not need to be tested.
Pharmacy test and collect
Over 200 pharmacies in Hampshire are offering collection of test kits to use at home. Please note that this is a national scheme led by DHSC. You can search for your nearest pharmacy on the national site finder map.
From Monday, 26 April, over 40 of these pharmacies are also offering on-site supervised lateral flow device (LFD) testing. This is a drop-in service, but residents are advised to phone ahead and book. Details of all the pharmacies offering testing are available on the County Council’s website.
Alongside the pharmacy scheme, collection of kits will still be available from the symptomatic regional and local testing sites between 2.30pm and 8pm. More information about collection from symptomatic testing sites is on the County Council’s website.
At home testing
You can pick up Covid tests to do at home from:
Shepherds Spring Lane car park, Andover between 1pm and 8pm, seven days a week.
If you choose to collect your test kits there is no need to make an appointment, you can drive in and collect the tests, you will be given 2 packs of home testing kits with 7 tests in each. Anyone in your household over 18 can collect them.
Full information about at home testing can be found on the Hampshire County Council website at www.hants.gov.uk/socialcareandhealth/coronavirus/test-and-trace/home-test-kit.
The other sites available for Test Valley residents are:
- Worthy Lane Car Park, Winchester
- Marlborough Road South Car Park, Southampton
- Southampton Airport Long Stay car Park, Drop of point G
- The Beehive Park and Ride, Salisbury
Please use the NHS: Find a test centre page to confirm opening times:
Community testing site
You can book an appointment at one of the asymptomatic testing sites that have been set up across Hampshire, including Picket Twenty Sports Pavilion, Andover. You will need to book a test on the Hampshire County Council site.
- You can book your appointment 24 hours in advance.
- You must be over 16 years old in order to book a test.
- People who are shielding should not attend a community testing site.
- Do not attend your booking if you start displaying COVID-19 symptoms or have been told to isolate by Track and Trace.
|Day||First booking/entry||Last booking/entry|
|Monday||7.30 am||2 pm|
|Tuesday||12 Noon||6.30 pm|
|Wednesday||7.30 am||2 pm|
|Thursday||12 Noon||6.30 pm|
|Friday||7.30 am||2 pm|
|Saturday||9 am||12.30 pm|
Picket Twenty Sports Ground, Telegraph Road, Andover, SP11 6UF
Directions to Picket Twenty Sports Pavilion Andover
Ordering kits for home delivery
Use this service to order free rapid lateral flow test kits to be sent to your home in England. This service is for people who cannot go to rapid lateral flow test sites, for example if you cannot drive or get someone to take you there.
Limited stock is available, so please use the collection centres above if possible.
You can order kits to test your household, childcare bubble or support bubble if at least one member:
- is a school or college pupil
- works in a school or college (this includes temporary workers or volunteers)
You can start the process by visiting the following page: https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests
If you have Covid-19 symptoms
Remember, if you do have Covid-19 symptoms then you will need to book a test at https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test