COVID-19 Testing information for patients

Supply for COVID-19 tests is not currently meeting demand.  There are things that you can do to help:

– Only book a test if you or someone you care for has specific symptoms of COVID-19

– To book a test please go to or phone 119

– DO NOT phone 111, your GP Surgery or visit your local A&E as they have no access to tests

– Testing centres are not walk-in – you will need an appointment and cannot be tested without one.

– If you can’t get a test immediately or near you, keep trying the website address as more added throughout the curse of each day and you will often find that you can book a test quickly by trying again.

The aim is to get your test results within 48hrs. however, if you have been awaiting your results longer than 5 days and want to ask when you should receive them please contact the Coronavirus Testing Helpline on 0300 303 2713