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Instructions for key workers for getting COVID-19 tests

30th Apr 2020 / By Alistair Driver

The Government has issued more information on how key workers, including farmers and the allied industries, can book COVID-19 tests. 

England and Scotland

The testing portal enables individuals to book a test themselves via www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Alternatively, employers can refer staff using an employer portal. Accounts for this portal can be requested by emailing portalservicedesk@dhsc.gov.uk.

Northern Ireland

It is not currently possible to book a test in Northern Ireland using a digital portal. The Department for Health and Social Care DHSC will continue to run on the manual sharefile upload process for test appointments at regional test sites there.

Home test kits will be available via the self-referral portal only for the time being. If you have any further queries, please contact opshub@dhsc.gov.uk.

Wales

DHSC are not managing the testing process for Wales. Companies should get in touch with the Local Resilience Forum. More detail can found here: https://gov.wales/critical-workers-testing-policy-coronavirus-covid-19-html

Guidance

The Government has issued detailed guidance for employers, which can be viewed here

It has also published FAQs for key workers, which can be viewed here

It has also published a useful poster guiding key workers through the process:

Worker testing instructions

 

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