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Date created: 2/01/2021

Get tested: One in three people with Coronavirus have no symptoms

Rapid COVID-19 tests are available for those living or working in the Square Mile who cannot work from home and who do not have Coronavirus symptoms or have not been in contact with a person with symptoms in the last ten days. These free tests are being provided by the City Corporation in partnership with the NHS to help detect cases of the virus faster, and can prevent outbreaks in your workplace. It is recommended that you test every three to five working days. 

You must have an appointment, which you can book online. Tests are taken at 80 Leadenhall Street.

If you receive a negative test please remember to keep following the rules: wash your hands often, wear a face covering, and practise social distancing.

If you test positive you must self-isolate. Find out more information on the government's website

If you are unable to make an appointment for 80 Leadenhall, there are four other testing sites available in Hackney.

Anyone with Coronavirus symptoms

Which are:

  • a new, continuous cough and/ or
  • a high temperature and/ or
  • a loss or change in normal sense of smell or taste

Should get tested. Call the Coronavirus Testing Call Centre on 119 between the hours of 7am and 11pm, or get a free test online. The service can be accessed by people with hearing or speech difficulties by calling 18001 119 (in England and Wales).

Please note that the Call Centre cannot provide clinical advice. If you are concerned about your health and wellbeing following your test result, or if your condition gets worse, or does not get better after seven days, use the NHS 111 online Coronavirus service or call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.

The testing centre, for people with symptoms of Coronavirus, is located in Guildhall Yard (EC2V 5AA), and is open seven days a week, 8am-8pm.

There are further testing sites in Hackney that you may be directed to.

If you have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, you may be alerted by NHS Test and Trace. You and others in your household/support bubble will need to self-isolate, following Government guidance about household isolation. Information on isolation periods can be found on the NHS website. You will need to book a test if you develop symptoms.

The new NHS COVID-19 app is the Official NHS contact tracing app for England and Wales. It is the fastest way of knowing when you’re at risk from Coronavirus. The quicker you know, the quicker you can alert your loved ones, and your community. The more of us that use it, the better we can control Coronavirus. Visit the NHS COVID-19 app web page to download now.

You can access Government information on Test and Trace in other languages. You can also access guidance if you have had contact with people with confirmed COVID-19 infection that you don't live with (this is also available in other languages).

Free, on-site rapid COVID-19 testing for workplaces with 50+ employees

Businesses with more than 50 employees can apply to be able to deliver rapid (lateral flow) COVID-19 testing within their workplaces. This is a free service and the aim is that by making rapid COVID-19 testing available to key/ frontline/ essential staff (who cannot work from home) at their place of work, this will help businesses and workers alike to access rapid testing more easily and frequently. Testing is one of the key tools, alongside infection prevention control, to stop the transmission of Coronavirus.

For eligible workers, the recommended frequency for rapid testing is every 3 to 5 days. Rapid testing is only appropriate for people without symptoms of COVID-19.

Businesses interested in setting up rapid COVID-19 testing on their sites can register directly via this form. If they are deemed eligible by DHSC, they will be invited to take part in an introductory webinar and supported with follow-up steps. This is a free offer, with costs of test kits covered by the NHS.