Parents can get rapid COVID-19 testing.
Since schools re-opened on 8 March, secondary school and college students have taken part in initial lateral flow device (LFD) testing at their school or college. They have now been given home test kits to continue testing themselves at home.
These tests are for those who show no COVID-19 symptoms.
If you are the parent of a child in nursery, primary, secondary school or college, or you are part of an associated support bubble, you can also get tested:
- through your employer if they offer testing to employees
- at one of Dorset’s community test sites
- by collecting a home test kit from a test site (check for your local area)
- by ordering a home test kit online
Get a PCR test if you have symptoms
If you have access to rapid lateral flow testing, please remember that these tests should only be used on people without COVID-19 symptoms.
If you or your child develop any symptoms of COVID-19 (a new continuous cough, a high temperature or loss/change of taste or smell), you still need to book a PCR test online or by calling 119.
You must self-isolate if you have symptoms and get a PCR test. A negative lateral flow test does not mean you can stop self-isolating if you have symptoms.