Published 23 April 2020
From: Department of Health and Social Care
Coronavirus testing extended to all essential workers in England ‘who have symptoms’
All essential workers in England and members of their households who are showing symptoms of
coronavirus will now be able to get tested.
All essential workers in England, and members of their households who are showing symptoms of
coronavirus will now be able to get tested, the government has announced.
Arrange a test
Essential workers who are self-isolating can apply for a coronavirus test.
From 24 April, you will be able to book a test directly at
Self-booking online link below
Essential workers will be able to select either a regional test site drive-through appointment or a
home test kit.
Home test kit availability will initially be limited but more will become available. There is good
availability of regional test sites, so please select this option if you can.
If your test result turns out to be negative, you can safely return to work, as long as:
• you are well enough
• you have not had a high temperature for 48 hours
• anyone you live with also tests negative
If your test result is positive, or someone you live with tests positive, you cannot return to work.
You’ll need to continue to self-isolate. Read NHS advice about how long to self-isolate.
If your condition gets worse, or you do not get better after 7 days, use the NHS 111 online
coronavirus. service. Only call 111 if you cannot get help online. For a medical emergency dial 999.
Please can you inform your line manager if you book a test.