Bedfordshire, Luton and Clinical Commissioning Groups (BLMK CCGs) are reminding members of the public with COVID symptoms to book a test online or by ringing 119.
The CCGs are urging the public not to call NHS 111, visit their GP, pharmacy or A&E if they need a COVID test, as the only way to access a test is via the national system online or over the phone.
Dr Nicola Smith, BLMK CCGs Chair, said:
“If you are displaying symptoms of coronavirus, you should stay at home and get a test either online or by ringing 119.
“Do not call 111 which is an urgent care service and cannot help with tests. Please do not attend a GP practice, pharmacy, or A&E where tests will not be available.
“If you need a coronavirus test, please use the correct routes, such as the online booking system or by calling 119. This service is currently very busy, but if you cannot get a test now, or the location or time are not convenient, try again in a few hours. Importantly, if you are getting a test because you have symptoms, you and anyone you live with must stay at home until you get your result.”
The public should only book a test for coronavirus if they are experiencing coronavirus symptoms, or they have been asked to get tested by a doctor, a public health professional, or by their local council. Coronavirus symptoms include:
Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms. If you or your child are showing signs of coronavirus symptoms, you can book a test by:
If you have symptoms or have tested positive for coronavirus, you’ll usually need to self-isolate for at least 10 days.
You’ll usually need to self-isolate for 14 days if:
More information is available on the NHS website: http://www.nhs.uk/coronavirus.