The swab test is only effective if it is carried out in the first three to five days of symptoms, therefore it is important that patients book their appointment as soon as they become symptomatic as it may take time to arrange. They shouldn’t wait for an MTU to come to their town.
Appointments are for anyone aged five and over. They must be booked in advance at www.gov.uk/covid-19-getting-tested. Anyone who doesn’t have access to the internet can call 119. The service can be accessed by people with hearing or speech difficulties by calling 18001 0300 303 2713.
The new NHS Test and Trace service will now make contact with anyone who has tested positive for coronavirus to ask them to share the details of anyone they have been in recent close contact with. This is so they can be given advice about getting tested themselves and self-isolation.