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Symptoms and Self Assessment

Symptoms include:

  • a temperature of more than 37.8C (100F)
  • OR, a new and persistent 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)
  • OR, anosmia – this is the loss of or a change in your normal sense of smell. It can also affect your sense of taste as the two are closely linked
  • OR, a new shortness of breath

Other symptoms you should also be aware of include:

  • Sneezing
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • Headache

If you develop COVID-19 symptoms or provide a positive lateral flow test result you must isolate immediately.

This is cough and cold season and other symptoms are common at this time of year, so if you are concerned as you have any of the above symptoms and think it might be COVID-19, please take an LFT.

If you return a negative LFT test, but are showing the above symptoms you can book a PCR test to check.

You can book a PCR test online and your appointment will be emailed to you when processed:

Request a PCR test online >>

If you wish to book a test for a child under 5 please phone 111. 

If you have received one or more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and have any symptoms or have received a positive test result, you should stay home and follow guidance. This is because it is still possible to get COVID-19 and spread it to others even if you are vaccinated.

Information for your PCR test.

  • If someone outside of your household is providing transport diagonal seating in the vehicle and face masks are compulsory. Please note only the driver and the patient(s) are permitted in the vehicle
  • If you are attending under this pathway you must attend in a vehicle.
  • You are legally required to self-isolate until receipt of your result.
  • Your results will be emailed out 24-48 hours after your test

This testing pathway is not suitable for pre-international travel or arrivals tests.

Emergency warning signs

If you develop any of the following emergency warning signs for COVID-19 please seek medical attention immediately by calling 999.

Emergency warning signs include*:

  • difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • new confusion or inability to rouse
  • bluish lips or face

*This list is not exhaustive.

Please consult your GP or MEDS out of hours service for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.