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COVID-19 testing in Suffolk if you have symptoms

We all play a part in controlling the spread of COVID-19. If you have symptoms, get a free test as soon as possible.

Last updated: 25 January 2022 (reviewed daily)

You should get a PCR COVID-19 test if:

  • You have symptoms of COVID-19. If you have symptoms, get this free test as soon as possible. You need to get this test done in the first 8 days of having symptoms.

Or, if you do not have symptoms but:

  • The National Track and Trace team identify you as a contact you must wait two days until getting a PCR test.
  • you’ve been in contact with someone who’s tested positive.
  • you’ve been asked to get a test by a local council or someone from NHS Test and Trace.
  • a GP or other health professional has asked you to get a test.
  • you’re taking part in a government pilot project.
  • you’ve been asked to get a test to confirm a positive result.
  • you’ve received an unclear result and were told to get a second test.
  • you need to get a test for someone you live with who has symptoms.
  • you’re in the National Tactical Response Group.

Book a test immediately if you have symptoms.

Book a free test by visiting or call NHS 119 if you have symptoms.

There are four ways you can currently get tested in Suffolk:

  • Order a Home Testing Kit, delivered to your home
  • Book an appointment at the Regional Testing Site at Copdock, near Ipswich
  • Book an appointment at a Local Testing Site (Bury St Edmunds, central Ipswich or Lowestoft)
  • Book an appointment at a Mobile Testing Unit, there are a number of sites across Suffolk (see below)