Test and trace: what you need to know

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Alert

The government has introduced the NHS test and trace service

This is now supported by the NHS COVID-19 smartphone app.

It has a number of features:

  • Trace: find out when you've been near other app users who have tested positive for coronavirus.
  • Alert: lets you know the level of coronavirus risk in your postcode district.
  • Check-in: get alerted if you've visited a venue where you may have come into contact with coronavirus, using a simple QR code scanner. No more form filling.
  • Symptoms: check if you have coronavirus symptoms and see if you need to order a test.
  • Test: helps you order a test if you need to.
  • Isolate: keep track of your self-isolation countdown and access relevant advice.

Accessible and translated Coronavirus information

Are you experiencing coronavirus symptoms?

  • you must immediately self isolate with your household and order a test immediately
  • To order a test call 119 or visiting nhs.uk/coronavirus

Residents attending the centre should note:

  • Face coverings should be worn on site when attending for a test (except for under three year olds)
  • Social distancing must be observed on the site and hand sanitiser will be provided
  • Please arrive at the test centre on foot or by bike, do not use a private vehicle or public transport to travel to the centre.

Local COVID-19 test centre 

To attend any of our below sites, you must book the test by calling 119 or visiting nhs.uk/coronavirus

  • Stanley Road car park in Leyton: Walk-through
    The centre is currently open every day between 8.00am to 8.00pm
  • The Score Card car park, at 100 Oliver Rd, Leyton: Drive-through
    The centre is currently open once every three days, 9.00am to 3.30pm
  • Linford Road car park, Wood Street, Walthamstow: Walk-through
    The centre is currently open – every day between 8.00am to 8.00pm

Please remember, when attending a test:

  • Face coverings should be worn on site when attending for a test (except for under three year olds)
  • Social distancing must be observed on the site and hand sanitiser will be provided
  • When attending Stanley Road or Linford Road sites, please arrive at the test centre on foot or by bike, do not use a private vehicle or public transport to travel to the centre

Government guidance

GOV.UK has helpful information about how to get tested, eligibility, how to self isolate and specific situations.

Please continue to follow the government guidelines:

  • wash your hands regularly or use hand sanitiser
  • wear a face covering in enclosed spaces
  • watch your distance – keep 2 metres from those you don’t live with

The Waltham Forest Local Outbreak Control Plan

As part of the wider national Test and Trace programme, Local Authorities have been asked to develop Local Outbreak Control Plans.

The Waltham Forest Local Outbreak Control Plan sets out our approach to preventing, identifying and managing any local outbreaks.

I don’t feel well, I’m not sure if it’s COVID-19

If you think you may have COVID-19 symptoms, you should promptly get advice from the ​NHS 111 online coronavirus service.
 
Having checked my symptoms, I think I might have COVID-19, what do I do?

Immediately self-isolate and arrange to get yourself tested at or call 119 if you have no internet access.  
 
What do I do while I’m waiting for my test/results?

While you wait to be tested and to get your results you should remain isolated.

Anyone else in your household should also self-isolate for 14 days from when you started having symptoms. Studies have shown people can have the virus for up to two weeks without symptoms.

Also tell people you've been in close contact with in the past 48 hours that you might have coronavirus. 
 
If you test negative for COVID-19

If the test comes back negative, you and other members of your household no longer need to self-isolate. 
 
If you test positive for COVID-19

If you test positive for the virus you must continue to self-isolate for at least 10 days from when your symptoms started. 

Members of your household must complete 14 days of self-isolation from when you first showed symptoms.

Find more information on how long you need to self-isolate through the NHS website.

What happens next?

Within 24 hours of testing positive for COVID-19 you should be contacted regarding the NHS Test and Trace programme. 

Information about the NHS Test and Trace programme is available on the NHS website. 

Tracing everyone who may have been in direct contact with someone with COVID-19 is an essential part of stopping the spread of the virus.

The text or email will contain instructions on how to share details of the people you have been in close, recent contact with.

This includes your family or other people you live with, as well as people you have been in direct contact with, or within 2 metres of, for more than 15 minutes.

You will also need to advise them of places you have recently visited.

The information you provide will be handed over via a secure website. If you don’t have internet access you will be called by one of the 25,000 contact tracers.

The service will be using a single phone number which is: 0300 013 5000

The contact tracing team will use the information you provide to alert those most at risk of having the virus that they need to self-isolate. No one contacted as a result of you testing positive for coronavirus will be told your identity. 
 
I feel fine, but NHS Test and Trace have told me I’ve been in contact with someone with COVID-19

Testing and tracing is key to combatting the spread of covid-19.

If you're told that you've been in contact with a person who has coronavirus you will need to self-isolate for 14 days from the day you were last in contact with the person.  

Do not leave your home for any reason, if you need food or medicine, order it online or by phone, or ask friends and family to drop it off at your home.

Do other people in my household also have to self-isolate?

People you live with do not need to self-isolate if you do not have symptoms.

However, if you live with someone at higher risk from coronavirus, try to arrange for them to stay with friends or family for 14 days while you are self-isolating.

If that is not possible, you can find ​advice on how to avoid spreading coronavirus to people you live with through the NHS website.

If you subsequently feel you may be developing symptoms, you should promptly get advice from the ​NHS 111 online coronavirus service.
 
I will not be able to work if I self-isolate, what help is available?

Find more information on how Waltham Forest can help through financial assistance for residents 

Information on the full range of financial support available to self-isolating individuals and businesses is available on the ​HM Treasury website

Will I only need to self-isolate once?  

Not necessarily.

Given the risks of exposure to different people with COVID-19, you could be asked to isolate on more than one occasion.