COVID-19


Find out more on how to get a Covid-19 vaccination and the vaccination programme here.

While you’re no longer legally required to self-isolate if you have Covid-19, you should try to stay at home and away from others to avoid passing on the virus if you have it.

Covid-19 testing for the general public has now ended. Lateral flow tests are available for purchase from pharmacies and online.

Everyone is encouraged to continue following simple steps to stay safe:

  • Get vaccinated – protect yourself and others
  • Ventilate your space – ventilate and let fresh air inside
  • Wear a face covering – especially if you are around people outside your household
  • Wash your hands regularly – for at least 20 seconds

There are a small number of people who will still be able to get free Covid-19 tests from the NHS.

If you have a health condition which means you're eligible for new COVID-19 treatments

If you have a health condition which means you're eligible for new Covid-19 treatments, you should be sent a Covid-19 test to use if you have symptoms. You can order free NHS tests yourself, if you have not received any tests yet or have used the tests you've been sent. Find out more about testing guidance and new Covid-19 treatments.

If you have any symptoms of Covid-19, you should take a rapid lateral flow test as soon as possible, even if your symptoms are mild. Do not use a test you have bought, such as a test from a supermarket or pharmacy.

You need to report your test result so the NHS can contact you about treatment if your result is positive.

You cannot report a result from a privately bought test on GOV.UK, which means the NHS cannot contact you about COVID-19 treatments. You must report your Covid-19 rapid lateral flow test result on GOV.UK. If you cannot report your test result online, you can call 119 free of charge.

If you're going into hospital for surgery or a procedure

You may need to get tested if you're due to have surgery or a procedure. Your hospital will tell you how to get a test. Contact your hospital department if you have any questions.

If you work in the NHS or in social care

You are eligible for free tests if you're:

  • NHS patient-facing staff

  • staff who deliver NHS services through an independent healthcare provider, and have direct contact with NHS patients

  • a social worker

  • a personal assistant

  • a Shared Lives carer

  • a Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspector

If you work in care homes, domiciliary care, extra care and supported living services, and adult day care centres, you can also get free NHS tests. Find out more about free NHS tests if you work in adult social care on GOV.UK

 

If you have a health condition which means you're eligible for new COVID-19 treatments, you should be sent a COVID-19 test to use if you have symptoms. You can order free NHS tests yourself, if you have not received any tests yet or have used the tests you've been sent. Find out more about testing guidance and new COVID-19 treatments.

If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, you should take a rapid lateral flow test as soon as possible, even if your symptoms are mild. Do not use a test you have bought, such as a test from a supermarket or pharmacy.

You need to report your test result so the NHS can contact you about treatment if your result is positive.

You cannot report a result from a privately bought test on GOV.UK, which means the NHS cannot contact you about COVID-19 treatments. You must report your COVID-19 rapid lateral flow test result on GOV.UK. If you cannot report your test result online, you can call 119 free of charge.

You may need to get tested if you're due to have surgery or a procedure. Your hospital will tell you how to get a test. Contact your hospital department if you have any questions.

You are eligible for free tests if you're:

  • NHS patient-facing staff

  • staff who deliver NHS services through an independent healthcare provider, and have direct contact with NHS patients

  • a social worker

  • a personal assistant

  • a Shared Lives carer

  • a Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspector

If you work in care homes, domiciliary care, extra care and supported living services, and adult day care centres, you can also get free NHS tests. Find out more about free NHS tests if you work in adult social care on GOV.UK


Updated: 06/04/2022