Please note: we issued a news item earlier this week regarding extended coronavirus testing. Following an update to government guidance, we are reissuing our news item on this subject

Coronavirus testing extended to essential workers and the most vulnerable

Coronavirus testing is now available for essential workers living or working in Surrey who are self-isolating because they have coronavirus symptoms.

Tests are available by registering with Surrey Heartlands’ testing hub and should be done within 24 hours of displaying symptoms. If essential workers are self-isolating because a member of their household has symptoms, their household member is also eligible to register for a test with Surrey Heartlands.

The government has announced the following groups of vulnerable residents are also eligible for testing:

  • Anyone over 65 with coronavirus symptoms.
  • Anyone with symptoms whose work cannot be done from home (for example, construction workers, shop workers, emergency plumbers and delivery drivers).
  • Anyone who has symptoms and lives with any of those identified above.

These residents should register for testing on the government’s website.

All residents and staff at care homes and nursing homes with symptoms will also be tested, with testing soon to be expanded to include staff and residents who don’t have symptoms. Some NHS workers and patients who don’t have symptoms will also be tested, in line with government guidelines. These individuals will all be contacted to arrange their tests.

More information, including the different types of tests available and useful videos explaining how the tests will be carried out, is available on Surrey County Council’s website.