You can apply for a test if you are:
- an essential worker with coronavirus symptoms (cough, temperature, loss of sense of smell/taste * official symptoms list as of 18.5.2020)
- aged 65 or over with coronavirus symptoms
- someone who cannot work from home and has coronavirus symptoms (for example, construction workers or delivery drivers)
Anyone with coronavirus symptoms can apply if they live with an essential worker, a person aged 65 or over, or someone who travels to work.
You can also apply for a test if you have a clinical referral from NHS 111 online.
Coronavirus symptoms are a high temperature or a new, continuous cough. * as of 18.5.2020 loss of sense of smell/taste is a recognised symptom
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.
You might not get a test if you apply - it depends how many tests are available in your area.
Frontline essential workers such as NHS staff will be given priority.
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