Coronavirus Getting Tested
New dates: A mobile testing unit will be at Olympia, in the Motorail Car Park, on Saturday 17, Tuesday 20 and Friday 23 October from 10.30am to 3.30pm. You must register online to attend.
Please note there are only 120 tests per day.
There is a huge increase in demand for coronavirus tests with some people being directed to test sites hundreds of miles from their homes.
Testing people is vital to stop the disease from spreading.
If you are concerned that you or your children may have been in contact with Covid 19 or may have the virus you can get a swab test to check if you currently have it.
This is part of the 5-pillar strategy for coronavirus testing. Testing is most effective within 3 days of symptoms developing.
The Governments ultimate target is that anyone who needs a test should have one and they intend to scale up their testing programmes.
So where do you go to get a coronavirus test?
Anyone no matter their age can get a test. This can be done in two ways.
A home test kit:
Anyone with coronavirus symptoms can get a test. Coronavirus symptoms are:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
You can get a test for someone you live with if they have these symptoms.
You can also get a test if:
- you live in England and have been told to have a test before you go into hospital, for example, for surgery
- your local council asks you to get a test
- you’re taking part in a government pilot project
If you have coronavirus symptoms, you need to get a test done as soon as possible. You need to get the test done in the first 5 days of having symptoms. The test involves taking a swab of the inside of your nose and the back of your throat, using a long cotton bud.
You can do the swab yourself (if you are aged 12 or over) or someone can do it for you. Parents or guardians have to swab test children aged 11 or under.
The Department of Health says you can find your nearest site by searching for “coronavirus testing” on Google Maps.
There are currently 236 mobile testing units, 74 drive-through sites, 21 satellite testing sites and 58 walk-through testing sites around the UK. The aim is to eventually have 500 sites in total.
A mobile testing unit will be at Olympia, in the Motorail Car Park, Saturday 26 and Tuesday 29 September from 10.30am to 3.30pm. Please note there are only 120 tests per day. You must register online to attend. Further testing will take place on Monday 14, Thursday 17, Sunday 20, Wednesday 23, Saturday 26 and Thursday 29 September.
How to take a coronavirus self-test swab
The NHS COVID-19 app is part of the NHS Test and Trace service and will be used, alongside traditional contact tracing, to help notify you if you have come into contact with someone who tests positive for Coronavirus.
You can download the app today and help protect a loved one.
Updated on 16th October 2020.