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Covid Test: Which one should I take?

Regular and widespread testing for Covid is important in helping us to keep on top of local infection rates - especially as one in three of us may be carrying the virus and spreading it without knowing it.

As lockdown easing continues and we interact with more people, the more likely we are to spread Covid in our communities.

Regular testing helps quickly identify any Covid outbreaks and slow the spread. Helping to keep our families, work colleagues, friends and local communities safe.

Which Covid test do I take?

There are two types of tests that can be taken.

  • One is called a PCR test.
  • The other test is called a Lateral Flow Test (also known as a home test).

Choosing the right test

It’s best to base it on your symptoms, or lack of.

The PCR Test

Sub header: Where can I get a PCR test?

  • You can book a PCR test online
  • At a walk-in or drive through test site - all local areas have test sites.
  • You can also order a PCR test kit to be sent to your
  • You can order tests for up to 3 people, for those you live with who have symptoms.
  • You can also call 119 to request a PCR test.

How do I get the results?

  • If you have symptoms you must isolate immediately. Once you have taken this test, it’s important that you and the other people you live with stay at home until you get your test result and are told what to do.
  • The swab is sent to a lab to be checked.
  • You should get your results within 72 hours.

The Lateral Flow Test

Where can I get a Lateral Flow Test?

There are several ways to access a Lateral Flow self-test kit:

  • If you are a parent or a carer, children will bring them home from nursery, school or college.
  • Where you work may provide free Lateral Flow Tests.
  • You can also pick up Lateral Flow Tests from your local pharmacy. Find out here where your nearest pharmacy is that can give you self-test Lateral Flow Tests.
  • You can also book a Lateral Flow Test online at a walk-in or drive through test site. Visit uk
  • You can also order Lateral Flow Tests online or via telephone by calling 119 that can be sent to you home.

How do I get the results?

As it’s a self-test kit, you will receive the results within 30 minutes.

  • If you choose to go to a walk in or drive in test centre, you will be sent a text message with your results around 30 minutes after you take the test.
  • Once you’ve received your results add them to your NHS COVID-19 app.
  • If the test result is positive, you and all those who you live with must stay at home, self-isolate and book a PCR test.

We will continue to update this information as the situation evolves. Together we can #BeatCovidNE

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