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Get a coronavirus test


There are different tests you can get to check if you have coronavirus (Covid-19).

If you need a test, there are two types available.

  • PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) tests are used if you have symptoms (a new and persistent cough, a high temperature or a loss of taste or smell).
  • Rapid LFD (Lateral Flow Device) tests are used if you do not have symptoms (asymptomatic).

Get a test

Testing and tracing

Find out about the NHS Test and Trace service, including what happens if you test positive for coronavirus (Covid-19) or have had close contact with someone who has tested positive.

Self-isolation and treating symptoms

In line with step 4 of the government's covid-19 roadmap, if you receive notice to self-isolate as a close contact of a positive case from NHS Test and Trace or from Public Health and are double vaccinated (and have been for at least two weeks prior to contact) or under 18 years of age, you will no longer be legally required to self-isolate. You will be advised to take a precautionary PCR test. 

Fully vaccinated staff who work in health and social care must carry out additional measures to attend their workplace.

Those not fully vaccinated will still need to self-isolate if you are notified as a close contact of a positive case and you will still need to isolate if you test positive for Covid-19, to protect yourself and others. You can get advice on self-isolating at NHS: Self-isolation and treating coronavirus symptoms.

If you don't have friends or family to support you during your self-isolation period, see our Get help if you're self-isolating page to get support.

Download the NHS Covid-19 app

The NHS Covid-19 app, available to download for free, is the fastest way to see if you're at risk from coronavirus. The faster you know, the quicker you can alert and protect your loved ones and community. See NHS: Download the NHS COVID-19 app today.

Ask a question

If this page doesn't answer your question, you can use our COVID-19 general enquiry form and we will get back to you with a response as soon as possible.

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