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Only come forward for testing if you have Coronavirus symptoms

11th September 2020 | By Liz Mattock | Posted in

People in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are being urged to only come forward for a Coronavirus test if they have symptoms.

People are also being told to follow the process for booking a test and not go to the accident and emergency department at LRI or GP practices.

Professor Azhar Farooqi, a Leicester GP and Chair of Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group said: “We understand that some people are having difficulty accessing a test but people must follow the process and book online or call 119. A test will not be given at A&E or in a GP practice and strict rules on infection control and social distancing means we need to carefully manage the flow of patients going into these locations.”

The main symptoms of coronavirus are: a high temperature, a new, continuous cough and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste. Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms.

If you have Coronavirus symptoms, it is really important that you get a test. This will help stop the spread of the virus.

If you don’t have Covid-19 symptoms and you are trying to book a test, do not come forwards for a test – you could be taking a test away from someone who really needs it. This is increasingly important as we head into Autumn and Winter and more people will get colds and the flu. Only if you have one of the three symptoms should you book a test.

Mike Sandys, Director of Public Health for Leicestershire said: “I want people to book a test – only if they have covid symptoms. Testing is absolutely key to getting the number of cases down in the city and county. As for the rest of us – continue to follow the advice around physical distancing, hand washing, wearing a face covering and self-isolating if you need to. It’s down to all of us.”

Do not stockpile tests – there is no need to order a test in case of future use. If however, someone in your household starts to have symptoms, then that person must get tested and the rest of the household should self-isolate with them whilst they wait for the results.

If you or other members of the household don’t have symptoms, then you should not get a test – only people with symptoms should get tested.

The vast majority of people who are tested in person get their results the very next day. Full guidance on self-isolation is available on gov.uk.

If you are self-isolating or in quarantine, then a negative test result does not mean you can end isolation early. The virus can take time to develop and so a test early on does not prove that you won’t go on to develop the virus. That means you could still be at risk of spreading the disease to other people.

Tests for adults and children need to be booked online or by calling 119. The NHS been seeing more people trying to ring 111 about testing but we need to make sure that 111 is protected for people who are ringing about other medical and health issues.

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