Testing for Coronavirus has now been opened up to many more people following the government changing the rules on who can apply.
Details of eligibility can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested#essential-workers
It includes for example:
Key workers in charities delivering critical frontline services
Staff and volunteers, working with vulnerable children and adults, victims of domestic abuse, and the homeless and rough sleepers (and hotel staff supporting these groups)
Voluntary sector organisations providing substance misuse treatment
Critical personnel in the production and distribution of food and essential goods, including thoseinvolved in food production, distribution, and delivery
The information below enables you to see if you or a member of your household is eligible and details the options and process for testing.
Testing is now open to a wide range of key worker roles and their household members who may be self-isolating due to symptoms. The full list of essential workers can be found:
The test must be taken within the first 5 days of symptoms, the test is best when taken in the
first 3 days and must be taken in the first 5 days.
The turnaround between test and result is 48-72 hours.
Access a test at home: book an online test: https://self-referral.test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk select home test.
Access a fixed site: There are currently 2 sites near East London:
O2 Arena, Edmund Halley Way, Greenwich, SE10 0PH
Lee Valley Athletics Centre, N9 0AR
In addition other mobile locations will become available on a daily basis - including Stratford.
The sites are open between 10am and 5pm.
You can book through the self-service portal: https://self-referral.test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk selecting the test site which works best for you.
Alternatively, employers can refer staff using an employer portal. Accounts for this portal can be requested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note: People who attend the testing sites without an appointment will not be tested.