Covid-19 testing

Covid-19 testing

Free testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) has ended for most people in England.

There are a small number of people who will still be able to get free COVID-19 tests from the NHS through the existing channels and portals.

•    If you have a health condition which means you're eligible for new COVID-19 treatments, you should be sent a COVID-19 test to use if you have symptoms. You can order free NHS tests yourself, if you have not received any tests yet or have used the tests you've been sent.

•    If you're going into hospital for surgery or a procedure. You may need to get tested if you're due to have surgery or a procedure. Your hospital will tell you how to get a test. Contact your hospital department if you have any questions.

•    If you work in the NHS or in social care you are eligible for free tests if you're:

o    NHS patient-facing staff
o    staff who deliver NHS services through an independent healthcare provider, and have direct contact with NHS patients
o    a social worker
o    a personal assistant
o    a Shared Lives carer
o    a Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspector
o    If you work in care homes, domiciliary care, extra care and supported living services, and adult day care centres, you can also get free NHS tests. 

You must continue to follow the specific guidance for your setting.  

You can order a free NHS COVID-19 test if you're eligible by accessing the online site

If you cannot use the online service to order and you're eligible for free NHS tests, you can call 119 (free from mobiles and landlines). Lines are open every day, 7am to 11pm

What to do if I have symptoms of COVID-19 and can no longer access a test?

If you still want to get tested and you're not eligible for a free NHS test, you must pay for a COVID-19 test yourself. You can buy a COVID-19 test from some pharmacies and retailers, in person or online.

Do not call 119, as you will not be able to get a test this way. You cannot order tests from NHS 111 or 999

The government has provided a list of private providers who can be used to purchase test kits.



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