Symptom-free coronavirus testing

Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for people who are symptom-free is now available in York.

About 1 in 3 people with coronavirus have no symptoms, and will be spreading the virus without realising.

Rapid-turnaround tests (also known as 'Lateral Flow Antigen' tests) are being used to proactively test asymptomatic individuals; tests are safe and reliable, and provide results within a few hours.

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Eligibility for symptom-free coronavirus testing

You can book a rapid test if:

  • you live or work in York, and are unable to work from home during the lockdown, and come into contact with other people during the course of your work (including working in education and early years settings, factories and construction)
  • you're aged 18 or over, and you come into contact with lots of other people as part of your work in any essential sector
  • you're aged 18 or over, and you work with, live with, or support those most at risk from coronavirus
  • you're a pupil of a secondary school or college in York, and your school or college has advised you to be tested
  • you're an eligible staff member, postgraduate researcher or student at university in York

Testing is voluntary, it will help you make informed decisions to help keep you, your family and friends as safe as possible, and help protect those most vulnerable to COVID-19.

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Test booking

Use our online system to book a test, with appointments available at 3 different sites in York:

  • University of York
  • York St John University
  • York Stadium Leisure Complex

Book a symptom-free coronavirus test

Bookings for a symptom-free coronavirus test can be made at York St John University until Wednesday 31 March 2021. Open 7 days a week with extended hours on a Tuesday and Thursday.

Bookings for a symptom-free coronavirus test can be made at University of York until Wednesday 31 March 2021. Open 7 days a week with extended hours on Monday and Wednesday.

Bookings for a symptom-free coronavirus test can be made at York Leisure Centre, part of the York Stadium Leisure Complex, until Wednesday 31 March 2021, open 7 days a week.

If you are unable to attend your booking please cancel your test using the online system.

We advise that you book tests regularly (every week), and get tested twice, 3 days apart.

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Getting tested

You must arrivel at the time of your appointment (not before) - please do not attend if you have any COVID-19 symptoms.

Do not come to the testing site if you do not have an appointment.

Your appointment will take approximately 30 minutes.

You must bring:

  • confirmation of your booking, either on a mobile device or a printed copy
  • a mobile device to scan a QR code on the test kit (devices will be available if you don’t have your own)
  • a face covering (unless you're exempt)

You'll need to show your email confirmation to receive your test kit, which will have a QR code for you to scan.

You'll be directed to an individual test area to complete a self-administered swab test; guidance will be provided, and trained staff will be available to advise you, if needed.

You'll deposit your swab test at the processing station.

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Your results from rapid testing

You'll receive your result within a few hours of taking a rapid coronavirus test, by text or email, from the NHS.

If you don’t have a smart phone, or access to a mobile phone or email account, you’ll be asked to call 119 for your results.

Negative test results

If you receive a negative test result you can continue as you were.


  • a negative test result provides information about the level of the virus at one point in time
  • there's the potential for the test result to be 'false negative' if you're infected with COVID-19 but don't yet have a high enough level of the virus to register on the Lateral Flow Device (LFD)
  • it's possible to become infected in the hours or days after taking a rapid test - so you must continue to follow government guidance on social distancing, good hand hygiene, and practice 'Hands, Face, Space'
  • this type of testing will only be effective if people continue to follow the guidance

Positive test results

If you receive a positive test result you must self-isolate for 10 days.

If you get a positive result on your first test you should not go for a second rapid results test - cancel your second test appointment by following the cancellation link in your booking confirmation email.

Invalid test results

If you receive an invalid test result it means your test sample could not be read; arrange another test as soon as possible.

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Also see

Symptom-free testing in York

Get help with symptom-free coronavirus testing in York; telephone support is available Monday to Friday, between 9.00am and 5.00pm.

Telephone: 01904 551559