coronavirus testing

Coronavirus testing is underway in Somerset this weekend, but residents in the Burnham-On-Sea area are being told that these are available by appointment only.

NHS England says bookings for tests must be made via the Government portal, via the link below.

People are being urged not to turn up without a booking as they will not be tested. The Taunton centre is open from 10am to 3pm.

You can apply for a test if you are:

  • an essential worker with coronavirus symptoms
  • aged 65 or over with coronavirus symptoms
  • someone who cannot work from home and has coronavirus symptoms (for example, construction workers or delivery drivers)
  • You can also apply for a test if you have a clinical referral from NHS 111 online.

Anyone with coronavirus symptoms can apply if they live with an essential worker, a person aged 65 or over, or someone who travels to work.

If you do have an appointment, ensure that you bring a mobile phone and your ID. Failure to do so will cause significant delay and impact on others.

“You need to get the test done in the first 5 days of having symptoms. It’s best to apply for the test in the first 3 days as it may take 1 or 2 days to arrange,” added the spokesman.

“You might not get a test if you apply – it depends how many tests are available in your area. Frontline essential workers, such as NHS staff, will be given priority.”

Details on who is eligible and how to make a booking are here


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