COVID tests available for over-65s

If you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), you can request a test from the NHS.

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Source: NHS.

The test needs to be done in the first five days of having symptoms, apply as soon as possible in case there is a delay in when the test can be done.

To apply for a test, click here

Once you have completed the online application you will receive a text message with details of your appointment and the location of your nearest COVID-19 Test Centre.   

If you do not have access to the Internet, someone else can apply for you or you can ring 111.