This page provides people living (or working in NHS or social care) in north east London, guidance on national and local arrangements to test for COVID-19 if they (or one of their household) have very recently been displaying COVID-19 symptoms.
- Keep yourself safe, and help to keep everyone in north east London safe, by following the latest guidance.
- Watch videos of our staff explaining how to stay safe and protect the NHS this Christmas
- If you have any of the main symptoms of COVID-19 you must stay at home (self-isolate) and get a swab test. Do not wait. Apply for a swab test as soon as you have symptoms.
- You can book a swab test either at a drive-through or walk-through site, or you can ask for a home test kit to be sent to your home. Find out more about testing centres in north east London.
If you are worried about your symptoms or not sure what to do, use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service, or speak to your GP surgery, hospital or pharmacy.
Staff working in social care and wanting an antibody test should contact their employer for more information. There are alternative arrangements for NHS staff wishing to visit a centre for a swab test. Details are available through your employer.
You may be able to reduce the amount of time you self isolate after international travel by paying for a private test. You can find out more at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-test-to-release-for-international-travel
There is much we are still learning about Covid-19 and one thing we know for certain is that the road to recovery isn’t always straightforward. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy website includes advice on recovering from Covid-19 and an animation on what to expect when recovering from Covid-19.
Find out more on advice for parents and guardians of children regarding COVID-19 testing.