Coronavirus Testing

Who can apply 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.

The tests are not suitable for children under 5 years old.

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.

When to apply for a test?

You need to get the test done in the first 5 days of having symptoms. It’s best to apply for the test in the first 3 days as it may take 1 or 2 days to arrange.

Will I get a test?

There is a very high demand for tests at the moment.

People in hospital and essential workers including NHS and social care staff are getting priority.

You might not get a test if you apply - it depends how many tests are available in your area.

Please follow this link to apply - Apply for a Coronavirus test

Apply for a coronavirus test on GOV.UK if you:

  • Are an essential worker, including NHS or social care staff
  • Are applying for residents or stafff in a care home
  • Have a verification code from your employer
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