Covid-19 - Testing
If you’re an essential worker, you can apply for priority testing through GOV.UK by following the guidance on testing for essential workers . You can also get tested through this route if you have symptoms of coronavirus and live with an essential worker.
For anyone else who has any of the symptoms of coronavirus, they can ask for a test through the NHS website.
For technical issues related to booking tests and results enquiries contact the Coronavirus Testing Helpdesk - 0300 303 2713
NHSE have also produced a handy printable "How do NHS Staff get a test for Covid-19" It may be a useful to print off and display in the practice.
There are a number of routes available including regional test centres, home test kits, mobile testing centres and NHS facilities.
CQC Guidance on Regulating independent providers offering coronavirus (COVID-19) testing
In recent weeks, CQC have been made aware of a small number of independent providers who are offering coronavirus swab testing kits for sale to the general public. They aim to provide clarification on when such activity will fall within scope of CQC registration, and also set out their expectations of providers offering this service. On 18 April 2020, Professor John Newton, national coordinator of the UK coronavirus testing programme, released a statement advising against the use of unapproved antibody tests in the UK.
The CQC guidance advises on which coronavirus swab testing that falls within the scope of CQC registration and what they expect of those providers. The full details can be read on their website at :- https://www.cqc.org.uk/guidance-providers/independent-healthcare/regulating-independent-providers-offering-coronavirus