COVID-19 NI
Stay at home as much as possible Limit contact with other people Keep your distance if you do go out (stay 2 metres apart) Wash your hands well and often Work from home if you can Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms

Advice on testing

You should get tested in the first 3 days of coronavirus symptoms appearing, although testing is considered effective up until day 5.

The symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature); OR
  • a new, continuous 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
  • a loss of or change in sense of smell or taste.

No testing should be undertaken after day 5, unless it’s for a specific reason which will be agreed on a case by case basis by local microbiologists.

Testing for all symptomatic individuals in Northern Ireland can be booked at www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test

Testing for the general public is currently conducted in drive-through sites operating at:

  • SSE test centre, Odyssey Car park, Belfast BT3 9QQ
  • Lycra car park (near The Rec Club), Maydown Works, 60 Clooney Road, Derry/ Londonderry, BT47 6TP
  • Craigavon MOT centre, Craigavon, BT63 5RY
  • St Angelo Airport, 62 Killadeas Road, Trory, Enniskillen BT94 2FP

All centres are open 9.30am – 5.30pm, seven days a week. 

If you have questions about a test you’ve booked or are having trouble booking a test, you can call 119.

Categories: General Information
Updated: 1 week ago Posted: April 20, 2020 11:01 am Share: