Coronavirus: Testing

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The Government has announced that all essential and key workers in England will now be tested if they have Covid-19 symptoms.

Essential workers can register to get themselves, and the people that they live with, to be tested if they are experiencing symptoms – a high temperature or new continuous cough. All key workers from public servants, to supermarket staff, NHS staff to delivery drives will be able to book a test through a new online portal. Testing has been extended to all NHS and social care staff, care home residents and workers regardless of if they display symptoms of the virus or not.

Those with a clinical referral, aged 65 or over, or who must currently travel to work you can also register to get themselves, and the people that they live with, to be tested if they are experiencing symptoms – a high temperature or new continuous cough.

Anyone can be tested if they are showing symptoms of coronavirus. To request a test click here.

There are 30 drive-through testing sites across the country, or you can receive a home testing kit. Locally, a testing centre in Portsmouth has opened where people from the Gosport Constituency will be able to access their test. Tipner Lorry Park in Portsmouth will be able to test up to 400 people a day.

Test results from the drive-through sites will be sent out by text within 48 hours, and within 72 hours of collection of the home delivery tests.

On top of this, work will continue to ensure testing capacity will be expanded, including developing new mobile testing sites which will be able to reach care homes, police stations and prisons. These can be set up in 20 minutes and those tested will receive results within 48 hours.

The trial of a new, rapid coronavirus test that does not need to be sent to a laboratory to be processed has begun in Hampshire, with results being returned in just 20 minutes. Up to 4,000 people will participate in the pilot, which will run for up to six weeks.

The Government signed contracts to supply over 10 million antibody tests in the coming months. This programme will prioritise our NHS and care staff as well as eligible patients and care residents in England to see if they have had coronavirus.

NHS Test and Trace

The new NHS Test and Trace service has launched across England - helping to keep the virus under control while carefully and safely lifting the lockdown nationally.

The new scheme will mean anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted by one of the 25,000 contact tracers; they will help trace anyone who had been in close contact with the infected individual, ensuring they isolate for 14 days, thereby avoiding them unknowingly spreading the virus. These tracers will be capable of tracking the contacts of up to 10,000 new cases a day. 

NHS Test and Trace will be vital to stopping the spread of the virus. It is how we will be able to protect our friends and family from infection, and protect our NHS. But everyone must play their part so together we can continue to control the virus and save lives.

NHS test and trace: workplace guidance can be found here.