Coronavirus Testing

Coronavirus Testing

You can ask for a test:

  • for yourself, if you have coronavirus symptoms now (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste)
  • for someone you live with, if they have coronavirus symptoms

You can get one test for each person with symptoms.

In England and Wales, you can ask for a test for a child who lives with you, whatever their age. 

Find out more and book a test. 

NHS Test and Trace service

If you are contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service it means you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus.

Contact will usually be by text, email or phone call so if you see something that is unexpected or official-looking, it’s important you respond to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

No legitimate person contacting you about Test and Trace will ever ask for payment or your bank details.

To stop the spread of coronavirus in Sefton, it is really important you follow the NHS guidance.

If you are contacted, you should visit https://contact-tracing.phe.gov.uk and register. You will be asked to provide some information, confidentially, about your health and will be given advice to keep yourself and others safe.

The contact tracer is there to help you and will want to make sure you have the right information and support you.

Find out more. 

 


 

Testing Process

The Government has now said that anyone showing symptoms of Coronavirus - which now include a new continuous cough OR fever OR loss of/ change in smell or taste – is eligible for a swab test.

People should take the test within the first 3 days of showing symptoms.

People can apply either:


Key workers should continue to register via their employer or the self-referral route.

Flow Chart of Testing Process

See our handy flow chart of the testing proccess

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After applying, applicants will then receive options of attending a walk-in or drive-in test centre, depending on availability, or of getting a test kit delivered to their home.

People going to a test centre will receive instructions on how to take the test and how and when they will receive their results when they arrive.

Currently, there is very high demand for tests and appointments for key, frontline  workers such as NHS and Social Care workers are being prioritised so a test is not absolutely guaranteed.

The test involves taking a swab of the nose and the back of the throat, which can be done by the person themselves or by someone else. Tests for children age 5-11 must be administered by a parent/guardian.

Results will be emailed or texted to individuals. The aim is within 48 hours if attended a test centre, 72 hours for home tests.

Those who are taking the test at home are asked to read the instructions carefully and to  ensure they put the lid on securely and apply the barcode lengthways to speed up the process of  sending their results.

A dedicated Testing call centre has been set up, if people have not received their results they can ring 0300 303 2713 – this is not for clinical advice. People should ring NHS on 111 or in an emergency 999.

Find out more abut the local help avaiable.

The Government has launched the new NHS Test and Trace service across England.NHS Test And Trace TH

Test and Trace is designed to identify, contain and control Coronavirus, reduce the spread of the virus and save lives.

It means that anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and will need to share information about their recent interactions.

If you are contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service it means you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus.

Contact will usually be by text, email or phone call so if you see something that is unexpected or official-looking, it’s important you respond to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

No legitimate person contacting you about Test and Trace will ever ask for payment or your bank details.

To stop the spread of coronavirus in Sefton, it is really important you follow the NHS guidance.

If you are contacted, you should visit https://contact-tracing.phe.gov.uk and register. You will be asked to provide some information, confidentially, about your health and will be given advice to keep yourself and others safe.

The contact tracer is there to help you and will want to make sure you have the right information and support you.

Find out more. 

 

How does the NHS Test and Trace service work?

Test and Trace means that anyone who tests positive for Covid-19 will be contacted by NHS and asked to share information about their recent interactions with other people.

This could include household members, people with whom they have been in direct contact, or within 2 metres for more than 15 minutes.


What happens then?

Those people identified as having been in close contact with someone who has had a positive test result must then stay at home for 14 days.

They must do this even if they do not have symptoms, to prevent them spreading the virus without knowing.


What happens if those people in isolation develop symptoms?

People in isolation who develop symptoms can book their own test at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.

If they test positive, they must continue to stay at home for 7 days or until their symptoms have passed.

If they test negative, they must complete the 14-day isolation period.


What about other members of those peoples’ households?

Other members of their household will not have to stay at home unless the person identified becomes symptomatic, at which point they must also self-isolate for 14 days to avoid unknowingly spreading the virus.


What are the symptoms I should look out for?

If you develop a new, continuous cough, a high temperature or a change in their sense of smell or taste you should immediately report these symptoms and book a test at nhs.uk/coronavirus.


If I am told to stay at home, will I be eligible for sick pay?

The Department for Work and Pensions has announced that those having to self-isolate will be eligible for statutory sick pay if they are unable to work from home.


If I am contacted by Test and Trace, how will I know what to do?

The Government has said that people who are contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service will be given clear information explaining what they must do and how they can access local support if needed.

No legitimate person contacting you about Test and Trace will ever ask for payment or your bank details.

Guidance is also available online at gov.uk/coronavirus.

What local support is available?

Local support can include things like:

  • Urgent Food delivery
  • Local Food shop delivery information
  • General help with loneliness – A friendly call
  • Prescription collection
  • Help to get online, we can support you with your Wi-Fi Connection, Emails, Online Shopping and Skype and Zoom Calls to stay connected with friends and family
  • Access to YouTube so you can watch things like cookery demonstrations, exercise workouts etc.

Find out more about local support available during Covid-19.

Find out more about the local support available during Covid-19.

Anti-Body Testing

The current message for residents, business and other organisations is that there is currently no clinical or medical benefit to having an antibody test and that we would not encourage anyone to seek out, or agree to, a private test.

The only validated way to have an antibody test is to go through an NHS service, which is currently prioritising some patients, NHS and key workers in health & social care. However, this still only shows whether people have had the virus, not if they are immune and they should certainly not be seen as providing any kind of ‘immunity passport.

The Government has made clear that anyone testing positive will still be required to comply with social distancing measures and other guidelines such as wearing face coverings on public transport.

Antibody testing is being carried out because at this stage, it can improve understanding about the spread of the virus and help scientists learn about how the virus has spread. It is not being used to indicate to those who have had the virus that they will develop long-lasting immunity that would prevent them from getting the virus again.

There have been reports that private companies offering antibody tests for as much as £30 per person have been targeting schools and other organisations.

The best advice is to only have an antibody test if you are asked to do so by your employer, GP or when in an NHS setting like a hospital. If you are asked to be tested, please ensure that is through official NHS Test and Trace channels.

Questions & Answers on Test and Trace and Antibody testing.

 

 

In line with the Government’s requirements and guidance, Sefton Council has worked with its partners to develop a COVID-19 Outbreak Management Plan.

Key aims of the Plan include:

  • using local knowledge, experience and expertise to prevent, manage and eliminate the virus over time as part of the national Test and Trace programme.
  • setting out an approach to prevent Covid-19 outbreaks developing;
  • protecting public health by identifying the source should there be a COVID-19 outbreak and implementing necessary measures to prevent any further spread;
  • outlining clear roles and responsibilities, response pathways and procedures should an outbreak occurs in Sefton;
  • making the most up to date and accurate information and advice available to local people.
  • learning lessons and sharing best practice to prevent and control future COVID-outbreaks.

Find out more and download our COVID-19 Outbreak Management Plan.

To use the walk-through process, you first need to book a test. You can do this online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119 or Sefton Council’s Contact Centre on 0345 140084. Advisers will support you to book a test.

You will then receive a confirmation email or text message containing the date and time of your appointment and a QR Code, which you will need to show when you go for their test.

When you arrive at the Test Centre, you should be wearing a mask or face covering and if there are queues, you are asked to remember social distancing and stay 2 metres apart.

As you go through the security check your QR Code will be scanned and your ID checked. You will then be given a test kit and hand sanitizer and directed to a testing bay where you can take the test in line with the instructions provided.

On completing the test, you will need to signal a member of staff who will check all the items are packaged correctly. They will then seal the bag, register the completed test and provide you with a test registration card or receipt card, which you should keep.

You will then be asked to place your completed and registered kit into the storage provided and to sanitize your hands before leaving the site.

Taking the test itself means taking off your face covering but you need to put this back on having completed the test process and before leaving the test bay.

People’s results will be sent to them via text message or email within 72 hours of taking the test.

 


Last Updated on 22 June 2020

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