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National Guidance: Enhanced Response Area

Due to our very high case rate, Torbay is currently an Enhanced Response Area along with Devon, Cornwall, Plymouth and the Isles of Scilly. This means the government has prioritised our areas for additional support to reduce case rates. 

To find out the latest information and advice about coronavirus in Torbay see our coronavirus section.

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Testing for people with COVID-19 symptoms and those who have had a positive LFD result

Find out more about when you need to book a coronavirus test.

When to book a test

If you experience any COVID-19 symptoms, or if you have had a positive LFD test, or have been advised to book a test by a healthcare professional, it’s vital that you do so straight away.

You must have a test in the first eight days of having symptoms. If you cannot do this, you and your household must self-isolate for ten days from the day your symptoms start.

COVID-19 symptoms

  • New and continuous cough
  • High temperature
  • Loss of, or change to, your sense of taste or smell

How to book a test

Book a free COVID-19 test online or call 119 to book one.

  • At a testing centre: you will be given an appointment in Torbay and be told which centre to go to.
  • Home testing: if you cannot get to a test centre you will be sent a home testing kit. It should arrive the day after you order it. If you order a home test kit on day seven of having symptoms you must order it before 3pm or it will be too late. Return your test as soon as possible.
Book a test

Testing centres

We have two testing centres in Torbay for people with COVID-19 symptoms:

  • Torbay Leisure Centre Car Park, Clennon Valley, Paignton
  • Lymington Road Coach Station, Torquay (mobile testing unit)

​Opening times of the testing centres are subject to change, please check the NHS map to show current opening times of testing centre's (click on the icon on the map for opening times).​

Find a testing centre location

You must book a test in advance and you will be told which centre in Torbay to go to.

Appointments are available every day.

Avoid travelling by public transport to and from the testing centre.

Parking is available at both centres and you will receive instructions on driving or walking to the centre when you book your test.

When you have your test you must follow social distancing guidelines and wear a face covering at all times.

Watch this video for information on visiting a local testing site.

What to do next

You must self-isolate:

  • While you wait for your test result
  • If you test positive, and for ten days from when your symptoms start
  • Even if you’ve had COVID-19 before, because you can get it again
  • If you cannot get a test within eight days of having symptoms, self-isolate for ten days from the day your symptoms start

Self-isolating is a legal requirement. It means that you must not leave your home for the specified period of time stated by NHS Test and Trace. Fines can be issued to those who do not adhere.

More information on self-isolating.

What to do when you receive your test result

Contact Public Health