Coronavirus information and guidance

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.

If you are an essential worker and you meet the criteria, book a test on GOV.UK.

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.

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