One of the most challenging things about the coronavirus is the uncertainty: not knowing who has the infection or when it is safe to return to normal life. Over recent weeks the UK Government has committed to significantly increase the testing capacity available, and therefore increase the number of people who can be offered a test for coronavirus.
Tests for coronavirus are now available for the following:
- All essential workers including NHS and social care workers with symptoms (see the full list of essential workers)
- Anyone over 65 with symptoms
- Anyone with symptoms whose work cannot be done from home (e.g. construction workers, shop workers, emergency plumbers, and delivery drivers)
Testing is also available for anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus that lives with those identified above.
Please note that the above lists apply to England only. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have their own list and criteria. See more information on:
If you have symptoms of coronavirus and you are within one of the groups listed above, you can book a test at a regional test site drive-through or a home test kit by using the link below: