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Covid testing

Page updated: 29.03.22

Covid testing and self isolation is changing:

These are the changes from Monday, March 28th, 2022:

  • The legal requirement to self isolate for five days if you test positive for coronavirus is being removed. BUT it remains in the guidance and is strongly recommended to help keep others safe.
  • If positive, it is recommended you isolate for at least five days and take Lateral Flow Tests (LFT) on days five and six and do not leave isolation unless both are negative.
  • Remember to report all LFT results. Go to this UK Government web page to report your LFT result.
  • Unvaccinated close contacts will no longer be required or advised to self isolate.
  • A £500 self-isolation payment to support people will continue to be available until June.

Thursday, March 31st, 2022:

  • This is the last day when PCR tests will be available for the general public.

Friday, April 1st, 2022 onwards:

  • The general public can no longer access PCR tests.
  • If you have coronavirus symptoms; a high temperature, a new continuous cough and a change to your sense of smell or taste, you are advised to take a Lateral Flow Test. If positive, you are no longer legally required to self isolate BUT you are strongly advised to do so for five days, taking a Lateral Flow Test on days five and six and only coming out of self isolation if both tests are negative.
  • Remember to report all LFT results. Go to this UK Government web page to report your LFT result.
  • If you have symptoms you can order LFTs by calling 119. Go to the UK Government website to order Lateral Flow Tests. They are no longer available to collect in places like pharmacies.

Go to this page for information and guidance for care homes.

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