COVID-19 Community Mobile Testing Unit

This service is for local people who do not have COVID symptoms and for those who also may be working in the general area where the unit is stationed. No appointment is needed simply turn up.

Please visit https://www.solihull.gov.uk/COVID-19/covid-testing regularly for the most up-to-date schedule of mobile testing locations. These are currently subject to change at short notice to respond to known outbreaks particular areas.

Henshaw Court, Chester Road, Castle Bromwich

Monday 6 December from 9:30am-4:00pm
Tuesday 7 December from 9:30am-4:00pm

What will happen when I go for my test?
When visiting one of our Community Testing Hubs or the Mobile Unit follow the one-way systems and wait at the entrance. Staff will signal when you can enter. If you do have to queue, please maintain social distancing.

Use the hand sanitisation stations provided You will be required to use these when you arrive and when you leave the building/ van.

A member of staff will greet you on arrival and check you do not have COVID-19 symptoms.

You must wear an appropriate face covering when in the building. If you do not have one, you will be provided with one.

You will then be escorted to a testing area where a member of staff will talk you through the test including how to register your test.

You will need to put the swab in the back of your mouth near your tonsils.
You will then need to put the swab up your nose.
Next carefully place the swab into the tube provided.

A member of staff can then process the test. The results will be sent off and you will receive your results via SMS message from NHS Test and Trace within the hour.

What happens next
If you receive a positive test result you must self-isolate immediately for 10 days, if you don’t you could be fined. Unvaccinated adults who live with you must also self-isolate.

Please note if your positive result was from an LFD test taken at either of our Community Testing Hubs or the Mobile Testing Unit you should also take a follow-up PCR test as soon as possible and within 2 days of receiving the positive LFD test. You must book this via the online national booking system or by phoning 119 to access a PCR test.

If you develop COVID symptoms within your isolation period, start a new 10-day isolation period by counting 10 full days from the day following your symptom onset.

If you test negative for COVID you still need to follow hands, face, space, fresh air including in your workplace (and wear the correct PPE).

Remember to take a rapid COVID test every 3-5 days.

All test results are managed by the national NHS Test and Trace Service. If you do not receive your test results within 12 hours, then you will need to rebook a new test. For more information please see the official NHS guidance.

Where can I get help and support?
Solihull residents who test positive for COVID-19 who cannot be contacted by NHS Test & Trace system may be contacted locally by the Solihull contact tracing service to see if there is any practical, financial and emotional advice and support they can provide to help you and your household self-isolate.

For more information about the range of support available please visit our Here2Help page and if you need help with something we don’t currently provide, please let us know at contacttracing@solihull.gov.uk and we’ll see what we can do.

If you generally feel unwell or develop symptoms (high temperature, new continuous cough, loss or change in sense of smell or taste) you need to book a test through the online national booking system where you can order a PCR test to do at home or book an appointment to get one at regional testing site, the nearest of those being at Monkspath Hall Road and Birmingham Airport. Alternatively you can phone 119.