Coronavirus test: General public, shielded or housebound patients

If you develop any of the following symptoms:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss of or change to your sense of smell or taste…

then you must self-isolate.

You must not leave your home if you’re self-isolating.

You must not:

  • go to work, school or public places – work from home if you can
  • go on public transport or use taxis
  • go out to get food and medicine – order it online or by phone, or ask someone to bring it to your home
  • have visitors in your home, including friends and family – except for people providing essential care
  • go out to exercise – exercise at home or in your garden, if you have one.

Coronavirus swab testing is now routinely available to members of the public by visiting NHS 111 or by calling 119.

When you receive your test result from the national Coronavirus swab testing programme, this will also be sent to your GP and will appear in your patient record as a laboratory test result.

Results from tests previously undertaken through the same route will also shortly be sent to local GP systems – with the exception of a small number of cases where there was insufficient information to identify the patient’s NHS number.

You will be directed to a local testing facility; if you do not have transport to get to the facility (you cannot use public transport) you will be sent a kit through the post.

Your results will be provided via a text or an e-mail and will show as Negative, Positive or Unknown; if the result is unknown you will be contacted for a repeat test.

You should follow the guidance here on what to do following a positive or negative test result.

Following a positive test result, you will be contacted to provide information on any contacts you may have had through Public Health England via the national test and trace programme.