The NHS Test and Trace programme which aims to contain the spread of coronavirus is now available.
Residents that have:
- a fever
- a continuous cough
- or loss of smell or taste
should self-isolate immediately for a minimum of ten days and order a test. Anyone else in the household needs to self-isolate for the full 14 days from when you began showing symptoms.
There is now very high demand for coronavirus tests and it is vital people with symptoms are tested to help stop the spread of the virus. If you have symptoms, you must get a test. You can order a test by calling 119 or you can request a test online. If you do not have symptoms, you do not get a test. We all need to play our part to protect the NHS Test and Trace service for those who really need it.
Once you request a test, you will be asked to attend a test site or carry out a test at home. Results should be available within 48 hours. If the result is negative, you and your household can come out of self-isolation. If your result is positive, you and your household must complete your self-isolation. You will be contacted by contact tracers and asked to provide details of people you have been within two-metres of for more than 15 minutes without protective equipment.
Getting a test
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. You do not need to get a test if you have no symptoms. Residents can either:
- Book a test at a testing centre
- Order a test to take at home, or now
- Featherstone Terrace Car Park and Michael Flanders Centre are open 7 days a week from 8am-8pm to get a test. Residents are encouraged to book an appointment via the national portal.
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.
Mobile testing units will be available at different sites in the borough. It has never been easier to get a test, you can either book one at a testing unit for one of the following dates, or book a DIY kit to test yourself at home.
So, if you have a new continuous cough, a loss of smell or taste, or a high temperature. Book a test for one of the following dates:
- Wednesday 23 September - Gurnell Leisure Centre Car Park
From October, all Mobile Testing Units will be at Gurnell Leisure Centre Car Park on the following dates:
- Friday, 2 October
- Monday, 5 October
- Thursday, 8 October
- Sunday, 11 October
- Wednesday, 14 October
- Saturday, 17 October
- Tuesday, 20 October
- Friday, 23 October
- Monday, 26 October
- Thursday, 29 October
Residents might be able to attend a mobile testing unit in a neighbouring borough. For more information check out the testing units scheduled in Hounslow.
You should not get tested if:
- You have returned from abroad or are about to travel
- You are returning to the workplace
- You have been in contact with a confirmed case or if another member of your household has symptoms. You may be advised to isolate if you have been in contact with a confirmed case but you should only get a test if you have symptoms
Schools and employers should follow the official guidance on testing. It is very important that this guidance is followed.
Schools should not advise pupils or teachers to take a test unless they exhibit one or more of the listed symptoms. If there is a confirmed case then schools should not advise entire classes or year groups to get tested. Only those with symptoms or those advised by their clinician or local authority should get a test. Schools must not require students without symptoms to provide evidence of a negative test before letting them back to school.
Employers should not be asking members of staff to get tested before they come into the workplace. You can also help by communicating the guidance around testing to your staff.
More information on the NHS coronavirus test
Test and Trace in Ealing
Ealing has created an outbreak prevention and control plan to help prevent the virus spreading in the borough and to control the virus in the event of a localised outbreak.