Symptom-Free Tests Available At Millmead House

Residents, workers and students in Surrey who do not have Coronavirus (Covid-19) symptoms are now able to get a free test at our Millmead House offices in Guildford town centre.

The centre will offer a walk-in lateral flow test from Monday to Friday between 8am and 7.30pm as part of Surrey County Council's community testing programme. All people over the age of 16 who live, work or study in Surrey and do not have Covid-19 symptoms, have not had a positive test result in the last 90 days, and have not been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace can take a test. 

Managing Director of the Council, James Whiteman says: 
"I am pleased that we are able to host this test centre, which is a vital part of our work to stop the spread of the virus. Approximately one in three people with Covid-19 have no symptoms but can still pass it on to others, so it is important that people who cannot work from home take a test twice a week. 

"Thanks to the incredible national vaccination programme and us playing our part by staying home for so many months we are seeing the number of cases fall, but we all need to continue to play our part to help protect each other." 

The test is taken by rubbing a cotton bud over your tonsils and inside your nose. No booking is required and results will be sent to you via text message and email, usually within 30 minutes of the test. 

Signs will be in place to direct visitors from the front of the building to the site entrance. Limited car parking is available at our Millmead House offices, which can be accessed via Millmead. 

The site is one of five Targeted Community Testing sites in Surrey. Full details of these sites can be found at www.surreycc.gov.uk/symptomfreecovidtesting.

If you test positive using a lateral flow test, you should book a PCR test to confirm whether you have Coronavirus (Covid-19) through the gov.uk website or by calling 119. You and members of your household must also self-isolate immediately, and if your PCR test is positive you must all continue to self-isolate for 10 days after the day of the PCR test. 

Over 90% of pharmacies in England are offering free test kits, which can be found at https://maps.test-and-trace.nhs.uk. They can also be delivered to your home by calling 119 or at www.gov.uk

Published Wednesday 21 April