Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 testing

Testing for social care workers

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19  you must follow the Stay at Home guidance and self-isolate for seven days. Any members of your household must isolate for 14 days.

 If a member of your household develops symptoms, they must isolate for 7 days and you must self-isolate for 14 days. 

If you develop symptoms at work, you must immediately put on a surgical mask, report to your line manager and then go home.

Anyone with symptoms can access testing.

How to access testing

Sussex Central Booking Centre

To book a test email and include the following information in your email.

  • Date of onset of symptoms
  • Full name
  • Mobile phone contact number
  • Email address for confirmation of appointment
  • Criteria met (see below)
  • Vehicle registration if applicable

The criteria are as follows:

  • An individual with COVID-19 symptoms (within 5-day onset symptoms) living in the same household as an essential worker who has been absent from work within the last 3 days  due to symptoms.


  • An essential worker who has COVID-19 symptoms. 

Further information is available, including how to book a test through the Sussex Central Booking Centre.  In order to book, please complete the symptomatic test request form.

National portal: Self Referral

Applications for a test are made through the online portal.

short video explains the process and eligibility for accessing a test through the portal.

A further video has been produced to explain the procedure for conducting a self-swab.

National portal: Employer referral

The employer referral portal allows employers to refer essential workers who are self-isolating either because they or member(s) of their household have coronavirus symptoms, for testing.

The portal is secure and employers can upload the full list of names and contact details of self-isolating essential workers.

If referred through this portal, essential workers will receive a text message with a unique invitation code to book a test for themselves (if symptomatic) or their symptomatic household member(s) at a regional testing site.

In order to obtain a login, employers of essential workers should email with:

  • organisation name;
  • nature of the organisation’s business;
  • region; and
  • names (where possible) and email addresses of the 2 users who will load essential worker contact details.

Once employer details have been verified, 2 login credentials will be issued for the employer referral portal.

Information on how to register with the employer referral portal can be found in guidance on getting tested

Care home testing for nursing and care home residents with symptoms 

For initial tests for residents with symptoms, contact the Public Health England Surrey and Sussex Public Health Protection Team on 0344 225 3861 and select option 3. You can contact the team for out-of-hours advice on 0844 967 0069. The team will give advice and arrange any required testing.

Also contact your local Health Protection Team if it has been 28 days or longer since your last case and you have new cases.

Whole care home testing

Following initial tests on residents with symptoms, further testing for all residents, with or without symptoms, and working staff can be accessed via the care home testing request portal

Test and trace guidance

If you are contacted by the NHS test and trace service as a result of close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, follow part 2 of the NHS test and trace: how it works' guidance.

If you are exposed to a positive case within the health or social care setting, follow Public Health England's COVID-19 guidance on the management of staff and exposed patients or residents in health and social care settings

Further information

The Department of Health and Social Care has issued guidance on getting tested. This includes information for all essential workers and the whole care home testing programme.