Testing for residents with symptoms

Steps for someone with coronavirus symptoms.

    As soon as you experience coronavirus symptoms (a new, continuous cough, high temperature or change in your sense of smell/taste), you, anyone in your household and/or support bubble must self-isolate until you get your result.
  2. TEST
    You should order a coronavirus test immediately at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test (this must be within the first 5 days of having symptoms). If you have no internet access, call 119. You can get a test: for yourself if you have coronavirus symptoms now; for someone you live with, if they have symptoms; if you have been told to have a test before you go into hospital, for example for surgery; or if you live, work or study in an area with a coronavirus outbreak. You can choose to take the test at a test site near you and get your result tomorrow, or you can take the test with a home test kit. For more information on what the test involves and how to get a test for someone else, visit www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.

    View testing centres in Hillingdon

    Book a coronavirus test

    You can also book a test by calling 119. (Please do not call 111, which needs to be protected for people who are calling about other medical and health issues.)

    If your test is positive
    , you must continue to self-isolate for 10 days from when you started having symptoms. Anyone in your household and/or support bubble should also complete self-isolation. If your test is negative, you can stop self-isolating as long as you are well.

    If you test positive for coronavirus, the NHS Test and Trace service will send you a text or email alert or call you within 24 hours with instructions of how to share details of people you have been in close, recent contact with and places you have visited. It is important that you respond as soon as possible so that we can give appropriate advice to those who need it. You will be asked to do this online via a secure website or you will be called by one of our NHS contact tracers. 

    Important: You will not be asked for any financial information, bank details, passwords or any other data other than information already covered on this page. If you have any doubts then you should not provide the information.

How to take a coronavirus self-test swab

The process for drive-through testing


Page last updated: 14 Jan 2021