General Advice and Guidance

If you have:

  • Developed a new continuous cough
  • A high temperature
  • A loss of, or change in your normal sense of taste of smell
  • A positive coronavirus (COVID-19) test result

Then you should immediately self-isolate and stay at home for at least 10 days from when your symptoms commenced. If you live with others, all members of your house must self isolate for 14 days.
Please refer to the following page for more information and guidance on staying at home: Stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection

NHS 111 do not need to be contacted in order to go into self-isolation. If you feel that your symptoms can not be managed at home, or your condition gets worse or your symptoms do not get better after 10 days, then contact NHS 111.

In the event of a medical emergency, please directly call 999

Wash your hands more frequently and for at least 20 seconds. Please see PHE handwashing advice on how to ensure you are washing your hands correctly.


Tests are avaiable:

  • for yourself, if you have experienced any  symptoms of coronavirus
  • for someone you live with, if they have any symptoms of coronavirus
  • if you live in England and have been told to have a test before you go into hospital, for example, for surgery
  • if your local council asks you to get a test

When to get a test

If you have coronavirus symptoms, apply as soon as you can. You need to get the test done in the first 5 days of having symptoms.
Please use the following link to apply for a test: Get a free NHS test today to check if you have coronavirus