Booking a test
If you have symptoms and need a test, you will need to book this prior to arriving.
Please do not just turn up as you will be turned away.
You can book a test online or by phoning 119.
If you’re getting a test because you have symptoms, you and anyone you live with must self-isolate until you get your result. This also applies to anyone in your support bubble. You must also self-isolate if you cannot get a test.
Tests are available at a number of sites in Somerset and just across the border. These include drive-through regional testing sites (RTS) which are available 7 days a week, and drive-through mobile testing units (MTUs) which operate on different days each week.
When you book a test you should be provided with a list of those venues closest to where you live even if these are in a neighbouring county. If you don’t see a testing site nearby please keep trying as availability is updated regularly.
You can also order tests to be delivered to your home if you are finding it difficult to access one of the testing sites, again you may need to keep checking the GOV.UK Testing for Coronavirus page for availability.
Currently there are testing sites located at:
- Taunton Racecourse (RTS)
- Bridgwater (Walk Through Testing Unit)
- Frome Cricket Club (MTU)
- Yeovilton (MTU)
- Trowbridge (MTU)
- Warminster (MTU)
- Weston-super-Mare (MTU)
- Tiverton (MTU)
- Barnstaple (MTU)
- Dorchester (MTU)
- Bridport (MTU)
- Exeter (RTS)
- Bristol (RTS)
When you book your test you will be given details of the exact location of the site you have chosen.
More information and downloads
Getting tested for coronavirus – Guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test and how to get tested.
Types and uses of coronavirus (COVID-19) tests – Guidance on the different types of coronavirus test available.
COVID-19 self-test help – Find out how to test yourself for coronavirus (COVID-19) if you are asked to, and learn what help is available.
Coronavirus anti body testing – Information about the government’s coronavirus antibody testing programme. Antibody tests are to check whether a person has had the virus.
NHS COVID-19 app – Download this app to help control the spread of coronavirus and protect yourself and others.
Graphics and guides
Child COVID-19 symptom checker – to help parents know what to do if their child starts to display Coronavirus symptoms, tests positive, someone in their household displays symptoms or a household member tests positive.
COVID-19 Isolation graphic – what happens if someone in your household gets COVID-19
Coronavirus Incubation Timeline #DontbelikeJane – this graphic shows why it is important to complete your full isolation period.
COVID Information in other languages
If you need Coronavirus help or support, contact Somerset’s Coronavirus helpline on 0300 790 6275