Getting tested if you have symptoms

You must self-isolate and book a test, if you have at least one of these three coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • you’ve lost your sense of smell or taste or it’s changed.

Tests must be booked through GOV.UK.

Testing sites

There are testing sites across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, which are located at:

  • Hawkwood Road, Boscombe, Bournemouth 
  • Wallisdown, Bournemouth 
  • Lansdowne, Bournemouth 
  • Creekmoor, Poole 
  • Dolphin Swimming Pool Car Park, Poole 
  • Two Riversmeet Leisure Centre, Christchurch.

There are also further sites across Dorset which are located at: 

  • Bridport 
  • Dorchester 
  • Swannery Car Park, Weymouth 
  • Purbeck Park.

Appointments will be made available to book depending on capacity and scheduled location.

Testing for frontline staff

We are offering weekly Lateral Flow Device (LFD) testing to any BCP Council employees who have to leave home to work.

Testing takes place at three sites: Poole Civic Centre, Kinson Community Centre in Bournemouth and the Civic Offices in Christchurch.

LFD tests provide quick turnaround results that allow early identification of people with COVID-19, who may be asymptomatic and need to self-isolate. Limiting the risk of the virus spreading in schools and other settings such as care homes.

Staff who are eligible for testing will be contacted directly. These units are asymptomatic testing only. If you are a member of the public and have symptoms of COVID-19, you should book a test through GOV.UK.

Local contact tracing service

If you receive a positive COVID-19 test result, you will be asked to complete a contact tracing form in order for the NHS to find out more about your illness, recent activities and people you’ve been in close contact with whilst you were potentially infectious. If this is not returned within eight hours, the NHS test and trace team will attempt to call you.

After a 24-hour period, if the NHS test and trace team have been unable to contact you they will hand over their contact details to our Contact Tracing Team.

Our team will call from our dedicated phone number, 01202 123987 and we would like to assure you the call is genuine and staff will clearly explain the purpose of the call and what information they require to support the ongoing work to prevent the spread of the virus in our communities.