Coronavirus testing for care workers – how to get a COVID test (updated November 2021)

Published: Friday 24th April 2020

Care workers (along with all other key workers) in our live-in care, home care and care home teams can get tested whether they have symptoms or not.

How can I get tested for coronavirus?

How can I get tested for coronavirus?

All Agincare managers have registered with the Employer Referral Portal and can refer you for an appointment.

Alternatively, you can book yourself a test.

Coronavirus testing centres

Every care worker who needs a test can access one (as confirmed in the Government’s adult social care action plan) and this includes those who work in the home care sector. As an essential worker, your tests can be prioritised.

Self referral: you can apply yourself online, by using the NHS  Covid 19 app or by calling  119 between the hours of 7am – 11pm. You are able to choose between a drive-through test, walk-in test or a home test kit.

If you choose a drive through test you will be sent a verification code which you will need to make an appointment. There are now dozens of COVID testing centres across the UK. You can choose your nearest centre when you book a test.

The home test involves taking a swab of the nose and the back of the throat, which can be done by the person themselves (self-administered) or by someone else (assisted). This is then sent back by priority post or collected by a courier if this is not possible

Your manager will have registered with the employer referral portal and can refer you for an appointment if you are unable to self refer. Having a test done will give you peace of mind about your safety, that of your families and the people you care for.

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