Getting tested

If you have symptoms

Updated 19 August 2021

If you have symptoms of coronavirus, you and everyone you live with must immediately self-isolate. Do not leave home until you get your test results, except to post a test kit or for a PCR test appointment. From 16 August, you will not be required to self-isolate if you live in the same household as someone with COVID-19 if you meet the criteria.

Who can get tested?

If you live in Essex and have symptoms you should book a PCR test on GOV.UK or call 119.

Where can you get tested?

Testing centres are run by the NHS and Ministry of Defence.

They may offer you a test centre, depending on availability, at:

  • one of the national testing centres, in Stansted or Ipswich
  • or at local mobile testing site. The NHS provide us with locations on a weekly basis for the week ahead. Check current locations

You may also book a test to be sent to your home if you're eligible.

If a test result is positive

If you or anyone in your household tests positive:

Self-isolation rules have changed. You will not need to self-isolate in certain situations.

Find out how to get support if you are self-isolating.

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