Note: Eligibility for testing has now been extended to the general population but essential workers can apply for priority testing.
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.