HM Government has now launched the NHS Test and Trace service to help reduce the spread of coronavirus and save lives
The NHS test and trace service:
- ensures that anyone who develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can quickly be tested to find out if they have the virus, and also includes targeted asymptomatic testing of NHS and social care staff and care home residents
- helps trace close recent contacts of anyone who tests positive for coronavirus and, if necessary, notifies them that they must self-isolate at home to help stop the spread of the virus
Who can ask for a test?
You can ask for a test:
- for yourself, if you have coronavirus symptoms now (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste)
- for someone you live with, if they have coronavirus symptoms
This service is for people in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
In England and Wales, you can ask for a test for a child who lives with you, whatever their age. In Scotland and Northern Ireland, you can only get a test for your child if they are aged 5 or over.
If you’re asking for a test for someone else, and the person is aged 13 or over, check they’re happy for you to ask for a test for them.
Where do I get tested?
There are several options
- You can travel to a drive-through testing site
- visit a mobile testing unit
- or get a home testing kit delivered