Coronavirus (COVID-19) Testing

Do you have one or some of these symptoms?

  • high temperature
  • new, continuous cough
  • loss or change in sense of smell
  • loss or change in sense of taste

You and your household must self-isolate and you should book a test as soon as possible

Got Symptoms? Book a test

Using a home testing kit

You may have the option to use a home testing kit. Watch this step by step guide on taking your own swab.

It shows how to take a throat and nose swab using a single swab, and should be used with the instruction sheet provided in the kit.

Test and trace

The NHS Test and Trace service launched on Thursday 28 May and forms part of the Government’s strategy to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

Anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace to talk through their recent interactions. This could include places that they’ve visited or people they’ve been in direct contact with in the few days, just before and after they first got symptoms.

The people identified will then be contacted by the service and should self-isolate for 14 days, even if they do not have symptoms. The aim is to stop the virus being passed on from person to person and prevent a bigger outbreak.

If NHS Test and Trace calls you by phone, the service will be using a single phone number 0300 0135 000. The only website the service will ask you to visit is the NHS one.

Website: NHS Test and Trace (opens in a new window)

Contact tracers will never:

  • ask you to dial a premium rate number to speak to us (for example, those starting 09 or 087)
  • ask you to make any form of payment
  • ask for any details about your bank account
  • ask for your social media identities or login details, or those of your contacts
  • ask you for any passwords or PINs, or ask you to set up any passwords or PINs over the phone
  • ask you to purchase a product
  • ask you to download any software to your device or ask you to hand over control of your PC, smartphone or tablet
  • ask you to access any website that does not belong to the Government or NHS

If you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), you can ask for a test to check if you have the virus.

Full details on how to access testing and who is eligible can be found on the GOV.UK website:

Website: Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested from GOV.UK (opens in a new window)


Website: Businesses and Workplaces NHS test and trace from GOV.UK (opens in a new window)

Website: Education and Childcare from GOV.UK (opens in a new window)

Website: Coronavirus (COVID-19): adult social care guidance from GOV.UK (opens in a new window)

If you’re self-isolating, Here2Help can support you during this difficult time.