Anyone feeling unwell or worried they may have coronavirus can now get a test for COVID-19.
The three main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- A high temperature
- A new, continuous cough
- A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
However, there are other symptoms of coronavirus including a persistent headache and diarrhoea, so you should get a test if you feel in any way unwell.
When you are booking a test, if you don't have the classic symptoms, simply say you don't.
A few clicks later on the website, you can then choose the option which says: "My local council or health protection team has asked me (or someone I live with) to get a test, even though I do not have symptoms".
If you have been in contact with somebody who has symptoms of coronavirus, you must self-isolate for 10 days, even if you have no symptoms yourself, and even if you have had a negative test result - as you could still be incubating the virus.
You are not eligible for a test through the national Test and Trace system for the reason of travelling to or from another country. If you return from a country that is subject to quarantine requirements and FCO foreign travel advice, you will need to self-isolate for 10 days, even if you test negative during those 10 days. Please do not waste a test that may be needed for others with symptoms.
You can choose to take the test:
- At a test site (if one is locally available to you)
- With a home test kit
There are lots of coronavirus test appointments available in Blackpool if you have any symptoms of COVID-19.
Important to note for Blackpool residents: there is a large car park at the walk-through test site on Yeadon Way in Blackpool, so you can drive there to get your test done.
Just select to get the test ‘at a walk-through test site’ when you are booking – you will then be able to drive to your test appointment at the Yeadon Way site, park your car and walk into the test centre.
This is much closer for Blackpool residents than the nearest drive-through site.
Please note: If you cannot get a test now, or the location or time are not convenient, try again in a few hours.
If no tests are available online, please do not call the helpline to get a test. No extra tests are available through the helpline.
You cannot be tested for coronavirus at your GP surgery.
Order a test online at GOV.UK
Or call 119 to get a test if you are unable to use the internet.
Authorities across Lancashire are working to increase access to testing.