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How best to get a Coronavirus test if you need one

Only try and book a Coronavirus test if you have symptoms, that's the message from the health and care system across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.


We are aware that people across the country are struggling to book a test or are being offered them in locations quite far away, but the advice is to keep trying.  You have up to five days to get a test from when symptoms develop. 

A Coronavirus test is only needed if you have symptoms and so booking a test if you don’t will mean one less test available for someone who really needs one. 

In response to national issues, we have also set up local community testing sites to increase the number of appointments available in the region.

Dr Steve Fawcett, GP and a Medical Director with the NHS Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Clinical Commissioning Groups, said: "Testing is only useful for those who have got symptoms and so testing those who are asymptomatic is taking those tests away from those who need it.

"So only try to book a test if you have symptoms of Coronavirus, that's a new continuous cough, a temperature and or you've lost your sense of taste or smell.

"I'd also ask that you don't contact your GP, call NHS 111 or go to A&E to try and book a test, we have no access to the testing system and it could impact on the services available for those most in need of medical help."


If you have any symptoms of Coronavirus or are asked to book a test by NHS Test and Trace, this is how to do it:

You should first try to book a test online or by calling 119. These are for appointments at our:

  • Regional Testing Sites at the Stoke City FC Stadium or Staffordshire University in Stafford,
  • Mobile Testing Units – one at Pirelli in Burton and one other moving around the county.

You can also book appointments online, 48-hours in advance, at pilot testing sites via. the Staffordshire County Council website for tests at:

  • Fenton Manor Leisure Complex, 
  • Red Lion Community Centre – Burton, 
  • St Chad’s Church – Burton, 
  • Kingston Centre – Stafford.