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For advice to patients please see the Home Page of the Bishops Castle Medical Practice website. Please note that anyone thinking they might have contracted the virus should NOT go to the surgery in person but should go to the NHS 111 website.

Shropshire is at critical point in the battle against COVID-19.

People with symptoms of coronavirus – no matter how mild – should book a Covid-19 test as soon as possible.

Testing is available for anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19, such as a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a loss of or change in sense of taste or smell.

People who are unsure if their symptoms are Covid-19 can visit  or call 111 where advice will be given.

Testing is available at the following sites:

Venue Date
London Road Car Park, Shrewsbury, SY2 6ND 22nd October – 27th October
Beatrice Street, Morrisons Oswestry, SY11 2HT 22nd October – 27th October
London Road Car Park, Shrewsbury, SY2 6ND 28th October – 4th November
Highways Depot, Craven Arms, SY7 8NR 28th October – 4th November

How to book a test

  • To book a test visit: If you have other problems using the online service, call 119.
  • You can also book a test through the NHS COVID – 19 app. For further information please click here.

When to get a test

  • If you have symptoms, get a test as soon as possible. You need to get the test done within the first five days of showing symptoms.
  • Book a visit to a test site to have the test today. Or order a home test kit if you can’t get to a test site.
  • On days one to four of your symptoms, you can get tested at a site or at home.
  • If you’re ordering a home test kit on day four, do it by 3pm. On day five, you need to go to a test site. It’s too late to order a home test kit.

Stay at home if you have symptoms

  • You must stay at home (self-isolate) if you have symptoms. Do not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.
  • Anyone in your support bubble must also stay at home. A support bubble is where someone who lives alone (or just with their children) can meet people from one other household.
  • Getting a test is important. If you have symptoms and do not get tested, you will still need to self-isolate for at least 10 days, and your household or bubble for 14 days. Please see

 What the test involves

  • This test involves taking a swab of the inside of your nose and the back of your throat, using a long cotton bud.
  • It checks if you have the virus now.
  • You can do the swab yourself (if you are aged 12 or over) or someone can do it for you.
  • Parents or guardians have to swab test children aged 11 or under.

Getting a test for someone else

  • If other people you live with have symptoms, you can order tests for up to three of them.
  • If you’re applying for a test for someone else, and the person is aged 13 or over, check they’re happy for you to get a test for them.

Getting your test result

  • While you are waiting for your test results you must self-isolate.
  • You’ll get a text or email with your result when it’s ready.
  • If you use the NHS Covid-19 app, you may also get your result in the app.
  • Most people get their test results the day after taking the test. Some results might take longer, but you should get them in 72 hours.