Please note information within this post is correct as of 1pm on the 4th May 2020
Some of our members have been asking advice about accessing tests for the virus. BIADS’ staff are not qualified health care professionals so can only provide you with the latest Government information which states that only the following are eligible at this moment in time.
- Essential/key workers
- Over 65s with symptoms
- People with symptoms who are unable to work from home (e.g. retail staff, tradespeople)
- Anyone with symptoms who actually lives with anybody in one of the above categories
Tests are NOT freely available at the moment for anyone not fitting into any of the above categories.
To apply for a test if you are in one of the above categories you should follow the instructions in this link which will give the option of having a kit sent to your home OR going to a local drive through testing site. There are full instructions sent with a home kit with how to carry out the test at home and even video on the online site showing how it is done.
If you do not have a computer at home, you can ask a family member to complete the online process for you. There is a Testing Helpline number 0203 5143817, which I contacted today for advice and was told that it is advisable to phone the Helpline or complete an online request at 8am as kits get allocated very quickly.
For more general enquiries regarding advice on symptoms of the virus and what to do should you think you have them you can call the NHS 111 Helpline which is open 24 hours a day,7 days a week.
We will follow details of any daily changes to the process for testing and post updates on our Face Book page and website.
Stay at home and stay safe.