Health leaders across Coventry and Warwickshire are urging residents to book a test online if they have symptoms of COVID-19.
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases are on the rise both nationally and locally, and there has been a high demand for COVID-19 tests in Coventry and Warwickshire in recent days.
Dr Sarah Raistrick, Chair at Coventry and Rugby Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We are pleased that people are doing the right thing and getting tested when they have COVID-19 symptoms, but it is really important that people access the tests online via the Government’s website.
“Over the past few days, GP practices and NHS 111 have received calls from patients asking for COVID-19 tests, which is not something that they can arrange or provide.
“Your GP practices are open and working hard to continue to deliver services to patients following the necessary changes as a result of COVID-19. Please support their recovery by booking COVID-19 tests online or call 119 if you develop symptoms.”
Residents are asked to follow national government guidelines and to book a test online via the national government website or call 119 if they experience one or more of the following symptoms:
• A high temperature
• A new, continuous cough
• A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
Your GP practice does not have access to testing and unable to order or book a COVID-19 test.
Due to the high demand for COVID-19 tests, people are advised to follow the below guidance if they require a test:
• Try requesting a test via the national online testing system at specific times of the day – early morning or after 8pm
• If you have COVID-19 symptoms, self-isolate for 10 days or until you are able to get a test result
• Ensure your household members self-isolate for 14 days until you or they are able to get a test result
• Do not contact your GP or NHS111 as they are unable to assist
To learn more about COVID-19, including symptoms and how to self-care, visit the NHS website www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ or the Government website www.gov.uk/coronavirus.