Supply for COVID-19 tests is not currently meeting demand. There are things you can do to help. Only book a test if you or someone you care for has specific symptoms of COVID-19. To book a test(s) please go to www.gov.uk/coronavirus or phone 119.
Do not phone NHS 111, your GP surgery or visit your emergency department, as they have no access to tests. Testing centres are not walk-in, so you will need an appointment and cannot be tested without one.
If you can’t get a test immediately or near to you keep trying the website address as more tests are added throughout the course of each day and you will often find that you can book a test quickly by trying again.
The aim is to get your test results within 48 hours. However, if you have been awaiting your results for longer than five days and want to ask when you should receive them please contact the coronavirus testing helpline on 0300 303 2713