The NHS test and trace service. For full details click here.
- 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
How to order a test
Please tell us about your symptoms as soon as possible and get a test to find out if you have coronavirus. Please tell us about your symptoms as soon as possible. The sooner you have a test, the sooner we can let you know if you and other members of your household must remain in self-isolation.
Members of the public can order a test through the NHS website.
If you are an essential worker or an employer, please visit:
If you don’t have access to the internet, you can order a test by phoning 119.
Our guidance on testing has more information on our testing programme.
We’ve made it as easy as possible for everyone who has symptoms to access a test quickly, and there are now many potential ways to be tested:
- drive-through regional testing sites
- mobile testing units
- test kits delivered to your home
- hospital-based testing for NHS patients and staff
- dedicated testing centres in other care settings (for example, care homes)
When you order a test, you will get information on the options available to you.
We currently aim to provide results within 48 hours of taking a test, but some results may take longer.
You will get your results by text, email or phone – and the message will advise you about what to do next.