Get tested for COVID-19
If you have symptoms of COVID-19 you should isolate immediately and must get tested. This means you need a nasal/ throat polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test.
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
Book a test online or by calling 119.
You can also access walk-through testing sites which are open in Aylesbury and High Wycombe. Do not go to your GP or local hospital if you have COVID -19 symptoms.
PCR test sites
There are 3 permanent PCR testing sites in Aylesbury and High Wycombe:
Aylesbury Gateway Overflow Car Park
Opening Times: 8am to 8pm
Aylesbury Vale Parkway Station Car Park
Opening Times 8am to 8pm
Bucks New University
Queen Alexandria Road
Opening Times 8am to 8pm
There may also be temporary mobile testing units available on certain days around Buckinghamshire.
You can manage your bookings on the national booking system.
Getting tested if you do not have symptoms (asymptomatic)
If you don’t have any of the symptoms of COVID-19 and come into contact with others, either directly or via your household, you need to be regularly tested by taking a Lateral Flow Test (LFT).
An LFT is a rapid test which helps break the chain of transmission, should you be asymptomatic
Alongside the vaccine, this plays an important part in allowing us to return to a more normal way of life because its stops you from spreading the virus unknowingly to people who are at risk of serious illness.
Twice weekly rapid testing is now available for everyone and you can access the LFT kits in a number of ways to suit you:
Thousands of employers are offering testing in the workplace. This includes:
- testing sites where you can take a supervised test
- workplace collect where you can pick up a box of tests to use at home
If your employer offers workplace testing, this is still the best route for you to access rapid tests.
Collect a test from a Council Access Point
Home test kits can now be collected from our Council Access Points.
Visit a Rapid Test Centre or Mobile Rapid Test van
We offer two testing sites in Aylesbury and High Wycombe where you can take a supervised test. There is no need to book an appointment, just walk in.
You can also collect up to 14 free test kits to use at home. Details of all Buckinghamshire’s test centres can be found on our Rapid Testing Centres webpage.
We operate two Mobile Rapid Test vans where members of the public can have an assisted test with results in 30 minutes and also collect home test kits for regular at-home testing. The Rapid Testing vans will be visiting locations across the county and we will keep you updated via our social media pages.
For people who can’t access tests through the other routes, you can order a box of tests online or through 119, which will be delivered to your home.
Visit GOV.UK to order a home test kit.
Many pharmacies have also signed up to offer pharmacy collect. You can visit a participating pharmacy and pick up a free box of tests to use at home.
The NHS COVID-19 Test and Vaccination Site Finder allows you to search pharmacies near you that offer pharmacy collect.
Secondary and college students are already being given tests to use at home twice a week, throughout term time and the holidays.
NHS Test and Trace sites
These are across the country and operate as symptomatic testing sites in the morning but are currently providing an afternoon collect option, where you can pick up a box of tests to use at home.
Details of all test centres can be found on the NHS COVID-19 Test and Vaccination Site Finder.
If you test positive (self-isolation)
If you test positive for COVID-19, you must stay at home and self-isolate immediately, even if you don’t have symptoms. Your household needs to isolate too. If you took your rapid test you will also need to take a PCR test either through a home PCR test kit or at a local PCR testing site.
If you’re unsure what you can and can’t do, we offer help if you’re self-isolating.
For financial support, you may be able to apply for a payment for self-isolating (Test and Trace Support Payment).