Coronavirus testing

This page was last updated on: 24 September 2020, 11.35am

How do I book a test?

See our section on coronavirus testing for more information.

For Thera’s COVID-19 testing protocol and further guidance for staff, please see here. Please note this is a password protected section – staff will be sent the password via their email.


What happens when I get my results?

You should inform your line manager of your test results as soon as possible. Your manager may also request a copy of the results.

With your line manager, you should then agree the next steps which will be one of the following:

  • If the test is negative, you can return to work with immediate effect
  • If the test is positive you must continue to stay in self-isolation for 10 days after the onset of symptoms
  • If the person from your household tests negative then you do not need to be swabbed and can return to work with immediate effect
  • If the person from your household tests positive, they must continue to self-isolate for the remaining 10 days after the onset of their symptoms. You will need to remain in self-isolation for 14 days from when your household member become symptomatic. If you develop symptoms, this referral pathway for testing can be followed.


When can I return to work after self-isolating?

You must stay at home for 10 days after your symptoms first started. If someone in your household is showing symptoms, you should stay at home for 14 days from the first day the household member started to show symptoms. If you have been contacted by an NHS contact tracer because you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you must follow the guidance they give you for self-isolating.

A cough may persist for several weeks in some people, despite the coronavirus infection having cleared. A persistent cough alone does not mean you must continue to self-isolate for more than 10 days. However, if you still have a high temperature after 10 days you should stay at home until your temperature returns to normal.

If you develop new symptoms at any point after ending your first period of isolation, then you need to follow the same guidance on self-isolation again.

If you are unsure, contact NHS111

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