Coronavirus testing centres for carers – how to get tested

Published: Friday 24th April 2020

Care workers (along with all other key workers) and their family members are now able to be tested at a coronavirus testing centre or at home if any are showing symptoms of COVID-19.

How can I get tested for coronavirus?

There are two ways to get tested:

1) Attend a coronavirus testing centre near me

Coronavirus testing centres

Every social 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 on line if you have symptoms. You are able to choose between a drive through 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. Your manager will have registered with the employer referral portal and can refer you for an appointment if you are unable to self refer.

Book a test now

There are now 50 coronavirus testing centres in the UK. You can choose your nearest centre when you book a test.

Test results will be sent to you by text within 48 hours.

2) Coronavirus testing at home – request a swab

The 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 collected by a courier. Results will be with you within 72 hours of the sample being collected.

We strongly recommend anyone showing symptoms to get tested.

Having a test done will give you peace of mind about your safety, that of your families and the people you care for.

Book a test now

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