With different regulations for COVID-19 in each area of the UK, there has been some confusion in the inconsistencies between England and Wales. We wanted to make sure you are aware of whether you can get tested for COVID-19 here in Wales and how you can go about doing so.
There is no need to contact your GP, all at home and drive through tests can be ordered directly through the government, either online or by telephone.
As the regulations and guidelines are constantly changing, we recommending taking a look at the Welsh Government’s latest guidelines, here: https://bit.ly/2ZWJDuT
Who is eligible for a test in Wales?
Anyone in Wales, now including under 5s, with at least one of the following symptoms may now request a test for the virus from the Welsh Government website:
- A new continuous cough
- A high temperature
- A loss of or change to sense of smell or taste
It is important to get tested within the first 5 days of experiencing the above symptoms. This is because the test will only identify if you currently have the virus and not if you have already had it. At home tests are now available for any Welsh resident if they are experiencing one of these symptoms. To get a test sent to your home, you don’t need to contact your GP, just visit the Government website here: https://bit.ly/3cqut3s
NHS workers, critical workers and other members of their household are also able to access throat swab tests at NHS testing centres. This must be arranged by their employer.
To see the most up to date information regarding eligibility for the test in Wales, click here: https://bit.ly/3com2FK
Where can I get tested?
At Home Tests
You can apply for a test kit to be sent to your home if you are experiencing symptoms of coronavirus and you are self-isolating at home. As with the test centres, you should aim to get tested within 5 days of showing symptoms, ideally ordering by day three as it may take one or two days to be delivered to you.
To find out more details about ordering a test at home kit, click here: https://bit.ly/3cqut3s
Local Test Centres
If you are based in Wales, you can book your test by applying online or by telephone. The test will likely be carried out in the test centre nearest to you, in your region. Call the free number 119 between the hours of 7am to 11pm to book. People with hearing or speech difficulties can call 18001 119.
For more information on booking your test online, visit the Welsh Government website.
Test, Trace, Protect System
The new Test, Trace and Protect system, introduced on the 1st June in Wales, tracks the close contact of those who have been near symptomatic individuals, then asking them to self-isolate for 14 days.
This system will help to increase our understanding of the spread of the virus, to further flatten the curve and control the spread as lockdown begins to ease. The Welsh government have been advised by scientists that this system be put in place before any significant changes to lockdown are taken.
More information around this system can be found here: https://bit.ly/2ZXAy52
What should I do if I’m experiencing symptoms?
The first thing you should do if you think you may have COVID-19, is visit the NHS website for the latest guidance. You may be advised to self-isolate for at least 7 days.
If your symptoms worsen, you should then use the 111 online coronavirus service for further help. It is advised that you only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
It is still as important as ever to protect yourself and those around you from coronavirus. For more advice on staying safe, visit our other blog post here: https://bit.ly/2MjupYF.