If you’re an essential worker who is self-isolating (not able to leave home), you can now book a test for coronavirus.
Testing is available for:
- all essential workers who are experiencing symptoms. This includes those working in health and social care or providing essential public services. Check if you are an essential worker at: www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested?#essential-workers
- anyone over 65 with symptoms
- anyone with symptoms who cannot work from home (for example, construction workers, shop workers, emergency plumbers and delivery drivers)
- anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus and lives with any of those identified above
Additionally, we are testing:
social care workers and residents in care homes both to investigate outbreaks and, following successful pilots, as part of a rolling programme to test all care homes
- NHS workers and patients without symptoms, in line with NHS England guidance
How to book a test
The county has a static testing site and mobile units that visit various locations based on booked demand. After booking a test online, you will be offered a test appointment at your nearest available (or a home test kit if appropriate). Please do not arrive at a test centre without an appointment. Priority must be given to the high numbers of people who have booked a test, meaning you are unlikely to be seen.
If your test result turns out to be negative, you can safely return to work, as long as:
- you are well enough
- you have not had a high temperature for 48 hours
- anyone you live with also tests negative
If your test result is positive, or someone you live with tests positive, you cannot return to work. You’ll need to continue to self-isolate. Read NHS advice about how long to self-isolate.
If your condition gets worse, or you do not get better after 7 days, use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. Only call 111 if you cannot get help online. For a medical emergency dial 999.
Call 111 if you’re worried about a baby or child. If the baby or child seems very unwell, is getting worse, or you think there’s something seriously wrong, call 999. Do not delay getting help if you’re worried. Trust your instincts. Get more advice about coronavirus in children.
If you’re not an essential worker you cannot apply for a test. If you have symptoms, use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.