Note: Eligibility for testing has now been extended to the general population and this section will be updated as soon as we get official guidance about how the Test and Trace criteria applies to health care workers specifically.
To meet the testing criteria you must either be:
• An individual (adult or child) with coronavirus symptoms living in the same household as an essential worker
• An essential worker, with coronavirus symptoms.
In addition, you should be in the first three days of the onset of your coronavirus symptoms at the time the swab is taken – although testing is considered effective up until day five.
No testing should be undertaken after day five, unless it’s for a specific reason agreed on a case by case basis by local microbiologists.
Note: We are also expecting details of testing options for asymptomatic staff through NHSEi and the new antibody testing in due course.