Symptoms of coronavirus
How to get tested
If you have symptoms, or are living with someone with symptoms, you can access a test through the national testing programme.
All appointments must be booked in advance.
You'll be able to choose how to have your test from one of the following, if available:
- at a drive-through regional testing site, our nearest is Ebbsfleet
- at a mobile testing unit, locations on any given day will appear as part of the online booking service
- a test kit delivered to your home
If you have questions about bookings phone the national helpline on 0300 303 2713.
You can book a self-swab coronavirus test if you have symptoms and you:
- are an essential worker
- live with an essential worker (this includes children of essential workers who are over the age of five)
NHS and care workers can take the test with or without symptoms.
Care home staff and residents
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has launched a new portal for care homes to arrange coronavirus testing.
All care home staff and residents are eligible for testing, with priority for those in homes that look after people aged 65 and over.
Social care staff with symptoms can apply for a test using the government's existing testing portal.
NHS, health and social care workers
The government aims to provide results within 48 hours of taking a test, but some results may take longer.
NHS test and trace
The NHS test and trace service aims to help contain and control coronavirus. Anyone with symptoms will be tested and their close contacts will be traced.
New guidance means those who have been in close contact with someone who tests positive must isolate for 14 days, even if they have no symptoms, to avoid unknowingly spreading the virus.
Sharing your details
When you visit some of our tourist sites or buildings, our staff may ask for your name, email, phone number and postcode.
Local businesses, such as restaurants, hotels and hair salons may also ask you for your information.
This information will be stored for up to 21 days and will shared with NHS test and trace if needed.
This could help contain clusters or outbreaks of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Read more about NHS test and trace: