There is currently a high level of demand for coronavirus tests so to help the NHS to manage this demand it is important that people consider the guidance given below before applying for a test. This will ensure you go to the right place for your needs.
Should I get a test?
Anyone showing any of the three key symptoms of coronavirus should be able to be tested. The symptoms are:
- a fever
- a new continuous cough
- a loss of taste or smell
Only book a test if you or someone you care for has specific symptoms of Covid-19 as listed above!
Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms. The idea of testing is to find people with the virus and keep them isolated to avoid it being spread through the wider community.
Booking a test
- To book a test(s) please go to https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus or phone 119
- If you can’t get a test immediately or near to you please do keep trying the website address above as more tests are added throughout the course of each day and you will often find that you can book a test quickly by trying again
- The aim is to get your test results within 48 hours. However, if you have been awaiting your results for longer than 5 days and want to ask when you should receive them please contact the coronavirus testing helpline: 0300 303 2713
If someone in your household starts to have symptoms, then that person must get tested and the rest of the household should self-isolate with them whilst they wait for the results. If other members of the household DO NOT have symptoms, then they should NOT get a test – only people with symptoms should get tested. Full guidance on self-isolation is available by clicking HERE.
If you are in self isolation or quarantine, then a negative test result does not mean you can end isolation early. The virus can take time to develop and so a test early on does not prove that they won’t go on to develop the virus.
Experiencing an inconclusive test or a delayed result
If you receive an inconclusive test result then you should continue to self-isolate and request another test if you still have symptoms. Anyone experiencing a delay with their results are advised to contact the coronavirus testing helpline on 0300 303 2713 who will be able to point you in the right direction. Due to each test having a Unique Reference Number (URN) individuals have to follow up the test results themselves.