How to Get a COVID Test

Anyone with coronavirus symptoms can get a test.

Coronavirus symptoms are:

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

You can get a test for someone you live with if they have these symptoms. Do not get tests for people you live with who do not have these symptoms.

 

You can have a test (swab test) to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19) now. You can choose to take the test:

  • at a test site near you today and get your result tomorrow
  • with a home test kit

If you have symptoms, get a test as soon as possible. You need to get the test done in the first 5 days of having symptoms. Book a visit to a test site to have the test today using the link below or order a home test kit if you cannot get to a test site.

On days 1 to 4 of your symptoms, you can get tested at a site or at home. If you’re ordering a home test kit on day 4, do it by 3pm.

On day 5, you need to go to a test site. It’s too late to order a home test kit.

If you are not able to get a test in the first 5 days of having symptoms, you and anyone you live with must stay at home (self-isolate). Anyone in your support bubble must also stay at home.

 

This service is currently very busy. If you cannot get a test now, or the location or time are not convenient, try again in a few hours.

Click here to book a test online.

Call 119 to get a test if you have problems using the internet.

If no tests are available online, do not call the helpline to get a test. No extra tests are available through the helpline.

If you are unable to travel to take a test, please contact school by phone and we will try to help you.

Stay at home if you have symptoms

If you are getting a test because you have symptoms, you and anyone you live with must stay at home until you get your result.

Anyone in your support bubble must also stay at home.

What the test involves

The test involves taking a swab of the inside of your nose and the back of your throat, using a long cotton bud.

You can do the swab yourself (if you are aged 12 or over) or someone can do it for you. Parents or guardians have to swab test children aged 11 or under.