Omicron grants for businesses
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Testing for those with symptoms or those who have been in contact with COVID-19
There are several sites where COVID-19 PCR tests can be booked. You should get a test if you have any of the three main symptoms of COVID-19, no matter how mild:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- a loss/change to smell or taste
You may only get one of these symptoms and it could pass quickly - but you could still be infectious and by not self-isolating you could put others at risk. We also know from East Sussex GPs that headaches and feeling fatigued can often accompany the fever associated with COVID-19. Even with mild symptoms you should self-isolate and book a PCR test to prevent the virus spreading.
You should also get a test if you:
- have been asked to get a test (for instance by NHS Test and Trace, or public health)
- have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, whether or not you have symptoms.
You can book a test online or by calling 119.
From Tuesday 11 January, you do not have to have a PCR test if you have a positive lateral flow test, unless you want to claim the self-isolation support payment.
Where can I get a PCR test?
Testing sites and mobile testing units are led and overseen by central Government's Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) along with East Sussex County Council public health. The borough council assists in identifying potential local sites and public communications to ensure testing is a key component of our effort to manage the COVID-19 pandemic.
You can book a test at one of the nearest testing sites with available appointments or you can order a home test.
Testing sites in and near Hastings
Local walk-through and drive-through sites are currently in:
If you cannot get to a test site, you can also get a PCR test to be delivered to your home. Order a test online or by calling 119.
Local Testing Sites
A COVID-19 walk-through testing site is open in Hastings next to Falaise Road car park and will be open on from 8am to 6pm everyday.
The mobile testing testing unit at Pelham Place car park will be open everyday until the end of January 2022.
Tests can be booked online from 6pm on the evening before. Once you have made an appointment you will be given details of how to get to the testing site.
Regular testing for people with no symptoms of COVID-19
1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms. Identifying people with COVID-19 early will help break the chains of transmission, and so return life to normal as quickly as possible.
Symptom free testing is now available for everyone in England and it is recommended that you test yourself whenever you are going to mix with people you do not live with, or if you are going to be somewhere crowded and indoors. Some places also have their own requirements for testing, such as schools or some employers. You should follow this guidance if it applies to you.
If you think you have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 it is recommended that you book a PCR test.
How to get an assisted symptom free rapid lateral flow test
If you would like someone to do the lateral flow test for you, you can book an assisted test at one of the community pharmacies across Sussex.Book a symptom-free COVID-19 test at a participating pharmacy or test centre in Sussex.
How to get symptom free rapid lateral flow tests to use at home
If you're happy to do the test yourself at home, you can now order tests to be delivered to your home or collect tests from community pharmacies. For more information on how you can order tests and to find a collect location please go to the government's website for lateral flow tests.