The Government has expanded its list of people who can get tested for coronavirus, which now includes NHS staff, including care home workers, other essential workers, anyone over 65 with symptoms, and anyone with symptoms whose work cannot be done from home. If you think you have symptoms and want to find out if, and where, you can get tested in the UK, Express.co.uk has all you need to know.
How do I get tested for coronavirus?
There are currently 48 testing centres open across the UK.
If you are unable to access one of these centres, you can order a test to your home, complete with swabs and instructions.
However, you can only get a test if you fulfil certain criteria.
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The Government website stipulates the following can book a test:
- all essential workers including NHS and social care workers with symptoms
- anyone over 65 with symptoms
- anyone with symptoms whose work cannot be done from home
- anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus and lives with any of those identified above
- social care workers and residents in care homes, with or without symptoms
- NHS workers and patients in hospital without symptoms
Where are the drive-through centres?
As of May 4, drive through testing centres at the following locations:
- Aberdeen – Aberdeen Airport
- Belfast – Odyssey Arena
- Birmingham – Edgbaston Cricket Ground
- Birmingham – Midland Met Hospital
- Bournemouth – Creekmore Park and Ride
- Bradford – Bradford Uni car park
- Brighton – Amex Stadium
- Bristol – Bristol Airport
- Cardiff – City Stadium
- Carmarthen – Carmarthen Showground
- Chessington – Chessington World of Adventures
- Coventry – Ricoh Arena
- Doncaster – Doncaster Airport
- Ebbsfleet – Ebbsfleet International car park
- Edinburgh – Edinburgh Airport
- Exeter – Honiton Park and Ride
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- Gateshead – IKEA
- Gatwick – Gatwick Airport
- Glasgow – Glasgow Airport
- Greater Manchester – Etihad Stadium
- Greenwich – O2 TfL car park
- Guildford – Onslow Park and Ride
- Hull – Humber Bridge car park
- Inverness – University of the Highlands and Islands
- Ipswich – Copdock Park and Ride
- Lee Valley – Athletics Park
- Leeds – Temple Green Park and Ride
- Lincoln – Lincolnshire Showground
- Liverpool – Haydock Park Racecourse
- Llandudno – Builder Street Coach Park
- London – Nightingale Walk-in
- Londonderry – Derry Rugby Club
- Manchester – Manchester Airport
- Milton Keynes – Second Street car park
- Nottingham – Boots HQ
- Oxford – Thornhill Park and Ride
- Penrith – Penrith Rugby Club
- Perth – Perth College UHI
- Peterborough – Peterborough Showground
- Plymouth – Former Seaton Barracks
- Portadown – DVA Centre Craigavon
- Portsmouth – Tipner Lorry Park
- Preston – Preston College
- Stansted – Stansted Airport
- Twickenham – Twickenham Stadium
- Wembley – IKEA
- Worcester – Sixways Stadium
- York – Poppleton Park and Ride
How do drive through test centres work?
You must book in advance via the Gov.uk website – you cannot show up to a testing centre unannounced, even if you’re an NHS worker.
To ensure social distancing guidelines are adhered to, upon arriving at a centre you must stay in your car and not open your windows unless instructed to do so.
Patients will be swabbed outside by specialist nurses.
Results should be issued via text within 72 hours.
Can I get a private test?
Private testing kits are an option for those who want to be tested quickly and don’t mind paying.
They can be ordered online, via a number of private clinics and laboratories, and prices start at around £200.
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