SALISBURY is one of the chosen sites to carry out rapid Covid-19 community testing to help drive down transmission rates.

Wiltshire Council is rolling out the testing programme in partnership with the Department of Health and Social Care, which is aimed at asymptomatic people at small businesses, private early years settings and childminders.

Eligible people will take a Lateral Flow Test.

The testing site in Salisbury is located at Five Rivers Health and Wellbeing Centre and is already up-and-running so people are able to book places.

Read more: All you need to know about rapid testing at Five Rivers

Everyone must book an appointment and not have any symptoms of Covid-19. The self-administered test should take no more than 15 minutes and results should be known within half an hour.

Kate Blackburn, the director of public health for Wiltshire, said: “Rapid community testing for asymptomatic targeted groups is another tool at our disposal to help control and drive down our case rates. If used effectively with other measures it will help reduce the likelihood of the virus spreading.

“I must really stress though that a negative Lateral Flow Test result is not a passport to freedom, and people must still closely adhere to all the Covid guidelines of washing hands regularly, socially distancing, and wearing a face cover where required.

“Local case numbers have fallen recently so we must all continue to play our part and not undo all the progress made recently.”

Those in smaller businesses (employees of 50 or less) who cannot work from home, and private (non-maintained) early years settings and childminders have been chosen because they are not currently involved in any other mass-testing scheme.

Anyone who receives a positive Lateral Flow Test result automatically activate legal obligations to self-isolate, and may also claim for a Test and Trace payment if they are eligible.

Free testing continues to be available to everyone in Wiltshire who has Covid-19 symptoms – high temperature, continuous cough or loss of/change in taste or smell. Visit or call 119 to book a test in that instance.

Health Minister Lord Bethell said: “We’ve already come so far since first setting up a national testing programme at an unprecedented pace to help counter Covid-19, but we continue to strive to go further, faster.

“Around one in three people have the virus without symptoms so could be spreading the disease without knowing it. Broadening testing to identify those showing no symptoms will mean finding positive cases more quickly, and break chains of transmission.

“I’m delighted that Wiltshire Council are working with us roll out community testing in Wiltshire and I look forward to seeing the results.”

Baroness Dido Harding, Interim Executive Chair of the National Institute for Health Protection, added: “NHS Test and Trace continues to play a leading role in the fight against COVID-19. Increased community testing is a vital additional tool at our disposal to help identify those who are infected and infectious, but unaware that they might be spreading the disease.

“The work of Wiltshire Council in Wiltshire will be essential in driving down transmission rates. I urge all those living in areas where community testing is offered to come forward and get tested.”

For more information on how to book a test, go to