Shropshire Council

COVID-19 testing in Shropshire

*People with COVID symptoms should NOT take a rapid test. Instead, please stay at home and book a PCR test online or by calling 119. *   

Rapid lateral flow testing kits

About 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms but can still infect others. You should do a rapid test twice a week (every 3 to 4 days) to check if you have the virus. If people test positive and self-isolate, it helps stop the virus spreading.

Even if you’re vaccinated, there’s still a chance you can pass COVID-19 on, so you should keep getting tested regularly.

How to get regular rapid tests

Order tests online

If you order online, you can get rapid flow test kits sent to your home. Once you've done the test at home, you'll need to report your results online or on the phone. Order rapid lateral flow home test kits on GOV.UK website.

Pick up tests to do at home

You can pick up test packs from a test collection point near you. If you do test at home, you'll need to report your results online or on the phone.

From 3 July 2021, some test sites will stop providing home test kits for collection. But you'll still be able to pick up tests from pharmacies and collection points run by community organisations, like libraries.

Find where to get rapid lateral flow tests »

Go to a test site

You can get tested at a rapid lateral flow test site.

If you go to a test site:

  • You may need an appointment, so check before you go
  • A trained helper might be able to help you do the test
  • You'll get a text or email with the result when it's ready

School, college and nursery testing

If you attend or work at a school, college or nursery you can get rapid tests through your school, college or nursery.

If you're in a childcare or support bubble with someone who attends or works at a school, college or nursery, you can get a rapid test at a rapid lateral flow test site or order tests to do at home.

You're advised to do a test twice a week.

Primary school-age children and younger do not need to test.

Employee and university testing

Some employers and universities offer rapid tests. Ask your employer or university if they provide rapid tests.

COVID-19 self-test instructional video 

If you’re unsure how to take the test, here is a video demonstrating how to do a lateral flow test

Home delivery

The lateral flow kits, which can provide results in around 30 minutes, will be available to collect for free at the below locations. If you're unable to collect a kit in person, you can order them for home delivery.

PCR testing sites

If you have any of these symptoms, even if mild, please get a PCR test. They are as follows: a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste. You'll also need to get a PCR test if you're self-isolating if you've been in close contact with someone who's tested positive or when going into hospital, traveling abroad or taking part in surge testing.


Shirehall Overflow Car Park (opposite the White Horse pub), London Road, Shrewsbury SY2 6NS

Opening times: 8am – 8pm
Booking essential - Walk in only


Eco Park, P&R, SY8 1ES

Opening times: 9am – 3pm
Booking essential – Drive through and walk in

Market Drayton

Newport Road Car Park, TF9 3SW

Opening times: 9.00 – 15.00
Booking essential - Drive through and walk in


Beatrice Street Car Park, Oswestry SY11 1QW

Opening times: 8.00 – 20.00
Booking essential - Walk in only

Mobile Testing Unit

PCR Mobile Testing Unit – moves around Shropshire, responding to infection rates.

Operates 9am – 3pm - Booking Essential

Current locations:

19 - 23 July - Whitchurch Rugby Club, SY13 1EU
24 - 25 July - Wem Aston Street Car Park, SY4 5NY 
(Co-op car park)
26 - 8 August - Aston St Car Park, Shifnal, Shropshire

Book a PCR Test

Get a COVID test.


Several Shropshire pharmacies are also offering in-person testing, as well as collection. Tests can be booked using the Central Health website. Pharmacies providing home test kits can be found on the NHS website.