Get tested for coronavirus in SouthallThu 10 Sep 2020
Anyone with coronavirus symptoms (fever, cough, loss/change in taste or smell), however mild, can get a free swab test that takes less than a minute. Tests are easier than ever to get, residents can either:
- Book a test at a testing centre
- Order a test to take at home, or now
- Book a test at the new walk-in Featherstone Terrace testing centre, seven days a week, from 8am – 8pm. Please do not arrive without a booking.
Residents can book/order a test at home or an appointment by going to nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119 and you can expect your result in 24-48 hours.
Residents who have covid symptoms should be isolating at home. The only reason to leave the house will be to attend the testing site - they must walk or cycle to the site, wearing a face covering and must not use public transport or taxi. They must also practice other public health measures, such as hand hygiene and social distancing.
Councilor Binda Rai, cabinet member for public health and adult services said: "One of the most important ways of protecting against a second wave is to get a test, and this walk in center has made it easier than ever for residents to do just that."
"So if you have symptoms and live in the local area, I would encourage you to go ahead and get a test at Featherstone. If you do not have symptoms, please make sure to follow public health guidance, by washing hands regularly, wearing a face covering, and keeping a distance where possible."
Anyone attending an appointment at a walk-through testing will be provided with guidance on getting to and from the test site safely. Testing is available for everyone, with additional support for vulnerable groups and people with disabilities.
Anyone testing positive for the virus must continue to isolate together with their household. They will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace to help them track their contacts. This will help people to identify who they may have been in close contact with, protecting others from further transmission.Close contacts of those testing positive will also hear from NHS Test and Trace, advising them to stay at home for 14 days to prevent them from unknowingly spreading the virus. They will be advised to also book a test if they develop symptoms.
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