Getting tested for COVID-19
Who can get tested?
Anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus can now get tested. If you have symptoms you should apply for the test straight away.
You can book a test on the NHS website or call 119.
Where can you get tested?
Depending on availability, you may be offered a test at:
- one of the national testing centres – nearest is Stansted
- or at local mobile testing site. Locations vary each week. Check current locations
If you’re unable to visit a test centre
You can book a home test on GOV.UK. Home testing can take longer and it is easier to take the test at a test centre so we recommend going to a test centre if you can.
Priority testing for key workers in Southend
Who is eligible?
The following groups of people can access priority testing:
- essential clinical and non-clinical staff, including those working in primary care, community and mental health services, hospices, local authorities, care homes, domiciliary care and volunteers with symptoms
- anyone over 5 years old who has symptoms of coronavirus and lives with a key worker
- children under 5 years old in England and Wales who have symptoms of coronavirus and live with an essential worker (this test must be performed by a parent or guardian)
Speak to your line manager and provide then with your personal email address. Your manager can provide access to an appointment via an email referral to:
[email protected] entitled COVID-19 TEST REQUEST
Care home test kits
Coronavirus testing is available for all care home residents and staff regardless of whether they are symptomatic or not. To apply for a test kit, you must be a CQC Registered care home manager.
Visit GOV.UK to find out how to apply for care home test kits.