If you’re an essential worker who is self-isolating (not able to leave home), you can now apply for you and your household to get tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) at our drive-through testing hub in Halifax.
This service currently operates on:
The testing hub in Halifax is self-service. When you arrive you remain inside your car at all times. You will then be handed a simple kit with clear instructions on how to do the test yourself.
Testing should ideally take place within the first three days of the onset of symptoms, although testing is considered effective up until day five. If you’ve had your symptoms for longer than five days you cannot be tested and should continue to follow self-isolation guidance.
Only children aged 5 and over can be tested. A parent or guardian must then perform the swab test, providing they are comfortable in doing so.
Once you’ve completed your test the swab will then be sent off for analysis and you will receive a text message within 48 hours with your result.
If your test result turns out to be negative, you can safely return to work, as long as:
- you are well enough
- you have not had a high temperature for 48 hours
- anyone you live with also tests negative
If your test result is positive, or someone you live with tests positive, you cannot return to work. You’ll need to continue to self-isolate. Read NHS advice about how long to self-isolate.
If your condition gets worse, or you do not get better after 7 days, use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. Only call 111 if you cannot get help online. For a medical emergency dial 999.
Call 111 if you’re worried about a baby or child. If the baby or child seems very unwell, is getting worse, or you think there’s something seriously wrong, call 999. Do not delay getting help if you’re worried. Trust your instincts. Get more advice about coronavirus in children.
If you’re not an essential worker you cannot apply for a test. If you have symptoms, use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.
Follow these next steps to check you can have the coronavirus testCheck the Government's essential worker list Check if you have coronavirus symptoms
Once you have confirmed you are an essential worker, or member of their household and have coronavirus symptoms you can then apply to be tested below.Apply for a coronavirus test now