Testing for COVID-19

  • 05 May 2020

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It is vital we continue testing people who may have the symptoms of COVID-19. The latest detail of who is eligible for a test can be found below.

One of the most challenging things about coronavirus is the uncertainty: not knowing who has the infection or when it’s safe to return to normal life. Good-quality testing can help provide us with greater certainty. It’s a big part of how we’re going to defeat this disease.

In Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire there are several ways to book a test to find out if you have COVID-19. Some are only available to those displaying symptoms like a high temperature or persistent cough, while other routes are open to specific population groups like the over 65s.

Our local testing facilities, like the one at Bristol Airport (pictured), are open seven days a week, with a large capacity, so please read on to find out if you should take a test and how to get it booked up.

There are four ways to find out if you are eligible and book a test:

Many people can book a test using the gov.uk online portal including:

  • Essential workers including NHS and social care workers with symptoms
  • Anyone over 65 with symptoms
  • Anyone with symptoms whose work cannot be done from home
  • Anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus and lives with any of those identified above
  • Residents in care homes with or without symptoms
  • NHS workers and patients without symptoms
  • Household members with symptoms living with those identified above

People on the following list should email the Local Co-ordination Centre (often referred to as the Regional Testing Centre) and ask for a nomination/booking form:

  • NHS acute and community staff groups with or without symptoms across BNSSG
  • Primary care staff with or without symptoms
  • Independent health sector colleagues with or without symptoms
  • Personal Health Budget Holder’s Personal Assistants
  • Social care workers with or without symptoms
  • Care home and hospice staff with or without symptoms
  • Fire, Police, pharmacy, dentists
  • Local VCSE staff & volunteers supporting community resilience
  • Household members with symptoms living with those identified above

If you have symptoms and work for the University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust you will find a booking form available on your local intranet

If you have symptoms and work for the North Bristol NHS Trust you will find a booking form available on your local intranet

Some people are eligible for more than one test booking route, in which case you should choose just one to avoid system duplication.

In most cases, booking requests should be submitted before 1330hrs for the possibility of next day test appointments. It is essential that the information you supply is accurate including your phone contact details, so please double-check.

After testing, you will receive a text or phone call with your results as soon as they are available. Workers should contact their employers as soon as they receive results to discuss next steps.

Further advice and guidance on what to do if you or someone you live with has the symptoms of coronavirus can be found here.

General advice on coronavirus can be found here.

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