The Coventry & Warwickshire Healthcare system is aware of issues affecting the national Covid-19 testing programme which are preventing people with symptoms from getting a test.
Although these issues are out of our control, we are able to provide the following guidance for anyone affected:
Try requesting a test via the national online testing system at specific times of the day – early morning or after 8pm.
If you have Covid-19 symptoms, self-isolate for 10 days or until you are able to get a test result.
Ensure your household members self-isolate for 14 days until you or they are able to get a test result.
Do not contact your GP or NHS111 as they are unable to assist.
As is being reported in the national media, the current issues within the testing programme are the subject of intense focus and it is hoped that local testing capacity will improve as soon as possible.
To request a test, go to www.gov.uk/testing-for-coronavirus
Get the latest NHS information and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19), a new illness that affects your lungs and airways.
- Check if you have coronavirus symptoms – Find out about the main symptoms of coronavirus and where to get medical advice if you think you have them.
- What to do if you or someone you live with has symptoms of coronavirus – Advice about not leaving your home (self-isolation) and looking after yourself if you or someone you live with has symptoms.
- People at higher risk from coronavirus – Advice for people at higher risk from coronavirus, including older people, people with health conditions and pregnant women.
- Coronavirus in children – Advice about symptoms of coronavirus in children, including when to get medical help if your child seems unwell.
- Staying at home to avoid getting coronavirus – Advice about staying at home to avoid getting coronavirus, including when you can leave your home and how to get medical help.
- Help the NHS respond to coronavirus – Find out what you can do to help the NHS respond to the spread of coronavirus.
- Links to more information about coronavirus – Links to government advice, information for health professionals and advice for other parts of the UK.
- Blood Tests – If you require a blood test, you can book an appointment across the City at various locations. Social distancing is being observed within these clinics so please do not arrive prior to your booked appointment time. Thank you
- Mental Health and Wellbeing – If you have a low mood or are feeling anxious please visit www.nhs.uk/every-mind-matters or www.nhs.uk/stress-anxiety-depression. We remain open and are here to support all our patients. Please do call 02476 592012 (option 1) and book a telephone appointment if you feel you need any additional support.
- Social Support – If you require any additional support at home during this time we are able to link in with NHS volunteers and various other charities. Please call and discuss your needs with a doctor who will be happy to see if any available resources would meet your needs.
- Clinical Trial – A clinical trial exploring treatment for the COVID-19 virus is taking place. If you are eligible you will have received a text message from the surgery. This is for patients in certain age brackets and/or with certain existing medical problems only. Patients must be experiencing a new or worsening continuous cough and/or a high temperature and have had it for less than 14 days and are not starting to feel better. Please see www.sentry.phc.ox.ac.uk to find out more.
- Urgent Adult Mental Health Support Contact Information – Please view the following document for telephone numbers to find support with your mental health: Adult Mental Health Contact Information