Covid 19 and Testing
Patients are requested to ensure that if you have any Covid symptoms, you need to have a PCR Covid test rather than relying on a negative lateral flow test result.
As a reminder, there are different tests you can get to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19). The test you need depends on why you are getting tested.
The 2 main tests are:
- PCR tests – mainly for people with symptoms, they're sent to a lab to be checked.
- rapid lateral flow tests – only for people who do not have symptoms, they give a result in 30 minutes using a device similar to a pregnancy test.
Both tests are free.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19
Get a PCR test as soon as possible if you have any of these symptoms:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
You and anyone you live with should stay at home until you get your test result. Only leave your home to have a test.
Anyone in your childcare or support bubble should also stay at home if you have been in close contact with them since your symptoms started or during the 48 hours before they started.
Get a PCR test if you have symptoms of COVID-19 on GOV.UK
If you do NOT have symptoms of COVID - 19
Anyone can now get regular rapid lateral flow tests without having symptoms.
About 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms but can still infect others. Getting regular tests is the only way to know if you have the virus.
If people test positive and self-isolate, it helps stop the virus spreading.
Get regular rapid COVID-19 tests if you do not have symptoms
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Wearing of face masks in the surgery
In accordance with current government guidelines can we please ask that you wear some form of face covering, either a scarf or mask when you attend the surgery.
Failure to do so will result in you being refused entry. This does not apply to children under the age of 4.