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Wales - Apply for Coronavirus Test

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  1. Here are the procedure on how you can apply for a coronovirus test online. First, you will need to check if you have any of these symptoms:
    • a new continuous cough
    • a high temperature
    • loss of or change to sense of smell or taste
  2. You are required to follow the self-isolation guidelines set by the authorities in the event that you have developed any the symptoms mentioned above. Also, to stop the spread of the virus you must not visit your GP surgery or go straight to a hospital to request for a test.
  3. You can request a FREE NHS TEST online - LINK. NOTE: The service is currently very busy. If there are no tests available at the moment, or the location or time are not convenient, try again in a few hours or the following day.
  4. If you have tried checking the page a couple of times and this message keeps on appearing "There are no tests available right now", do not call the helpline to get a test. No extra tests are available through the helpline.
  5. If you are able to book a test online, you may choose to have your swab taken at a mass drive-through testing centre or you can also order a home testing kit. Home testing kits involve a combined throat and nose swab test. Tests taken at a mass drive-through testing centre in Wales involve either a single dry swab taken from the back of the throat or a combined throat and nose swab.
  6. Result of your test will be sent to you by text or email. If you are using the NHS COVID-19 app, you may also get your result from there. Results are usually available the day after taking the test. Some results might take longer, but you should get them in 72 hours.
  7. There are 3 types of result you can get: negative, positive, or unclear, void, borderline or inconclusive
  8. If you do not get your result after 72 hours, call the coronavirus testing contact centre on 119 (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) or 0300 303 2713 (Scotland). The contact centre is open from 7am to 11pm.
  9. If you are having technical problems using the online service you may call 119 if you're in England, Wales or Northern Ireland 0300 303 2713 if you're in Scotland. The lines are open from 7am to 11pm.
    People with hearing or speech difficulties can call 18001119. This service is available to assist you through the process of booking and taking a test only. You may not ask for clinical advice.
    If you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home or if your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, use the 111 online coronavirus service. If you do not have internet access, call 111. In a medical emergency, dial 999.
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Required Documents[edit]

List down the documents required for successfully completing the procedure.

e.g.
1. Proof of child birth from the Hospital.

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Book a test by calling 119 (between 7am and 11 pm)

18001119 is the number to call for people with hearing or speech difficulties.


NHS 111 Wales

You can use this number if:

  • you are having difficulty managing your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after a week

When you dial 111 Wales, you will hear a voice message informing you of what services they provide. If you stay on the line your call will be answered by a Call Handler who will ask you for some of your personal details (name, address and telephone number etc.) and the reason why you are calling. You can remain anonymous if you feel uncomfortable giving your details. For patients' safety, all calls are recorded.

If 111 Wales is not available in your area, please call 0845 46 47. Calls from landlines and mobiles cost 2p per minute, this will be in addition to the telephone providers access charge.

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Eligibility[edit]

Before you apply for a coronavirus test please check if you have at least one of these following symptoms:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • loss of or change to sense of smell or taste

Note: The test is only effective for those who are experiencing coronavirus symptoms and needs to be taken in the first 5 days of having symptoms. It only checks if you have coronavirus right now and not if you have already had the virus.


You can get a free NHS test if:

  • you have any symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste)
  • you're getting a test for someone you live with who has symptoms
  • you live in England and have been told to get a test before you go into hospital, for example, for surgery
  • your local council asks you to get a test
  • you're taking part in a government pilot project


Do NOT ask for a test if:

  • you live with someone who has coronavirus but you do not have symptoms yourself – you need to self-isolate
  • you've been in close contact with someone who has the virus but you do not have symptoms – you do not need to do anything unless NHS Test and Trace tells you to
  • you're going abroad but do not have symptoms
  • you've arrived in the UK from abroad but do not have symptoms – you need to self-isolate if you've come from a country with a high coronavirus risk
  • your employer or school has asked you to get a test but you do not have symptoms


You can apply for a test for yourself or someone in your household with symptoms. This includes adults and children, and following the recent announcement now also includes the under 5s.

Fees[edit]

Explain the fees structure which is required for obtaining the certificate/document.

Validity[edit]

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e.g. Birth Certificate Valid Forever

Documents to Use[edit]

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Sample Documents[edit]

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Processing Time[edit]

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Related Videos[edit]

Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications. 
Attach videos using the following tag <&video type='website'>video ID|width|height<&/video&> from external websites. 	
Please remove the '&' inside the tags during implementation.
Website = allocine, blip, dailymotion, facebook, gametrailers, googlevideo, html5, metacafe, myspace, revver, 
sevenload, viddler, vimeo, youku, youtube
width = 560, height = 340, Video ID = Can be obtained from the URL of webpage where the video is displayed.
e.g In the following url 'http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0US7oR_t3M' Video ID is 'Y0US7oR_t3M'.

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Instructions[edit]

You may request for coronavirus test both online or via phone (if you are having trouble online). But, please note that if no tests are available online, do not call the helpline to get a test. No extra tests are available through the helpline.

Right now there is very high demand for tests.

Required Information[edit]

A list which displays the kind of information which is required to complete the procedure.
e.g.
1. Date of Birth.
2. City or Country of Birth.
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Need for the Document[edit]

Please provide the need for the procedure. e.g. Birth Certificate - why do we need to have a birth certificate? 
 

Information which might help[edit]

The NHS test involves taking a swab of the inside of your nose and the back of your throat, using a long cotton bud. It checks if you have the virus now.

You can do the swab yourself (if you are aged 12 or over) or someone can do it for you. Parents or guardians have to swab test children aged 11 or under.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

Please explain what are other uses of obtaining this document/certificate.
e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

External Links[edit]

Wales Government Website

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Others[edit]

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