The main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature).
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual).
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.
If you develop symptoms of coronavirus, other members of your household must self-isolate immediately at home for 14 day’s then you must book a test. If your test is positive, you must continue to stay at home for at least ten days & your contacts must self-isolate. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-and-treatment/how-long-to-self-isolate/
To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital if you have any of these symptoms. Get a test to check if you have coronavirus and stay at home until you get your result.
We are NOT able to test for coronavirus at any of the Middlewood sites. You will need to contact 119 to request a test kit or an appointment slot at your nearest available test centre.
You can also self-refer to order a home test or a test at a regional test site using https://self-referral.test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk/
The online services and 119 are currently under a lot of pressure and the waiting times are very long. If you are using the online service which probably is the best method, you may well have to continue to refresh the page if it says that no testing centres are available. This is not ideal and hopefully nationally the service will improve. If you have symptoms however please continue to persevere to try to get a test as it is vital we all do so to reduce the spread of Covid-19.
Further information about testing is available