COVID tests available for over-65s

Anyone in England with coronavirus symptoms who is either aged 65 and over or who has to leave home to go to work, is now able to get tested for coronavirus.

Members of their household showing symptoms can also apply.

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.   

Not everyone who applies will automatically get a test, it depends how many are available in our area and NHS staff will be given priority.

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