Publication - Advice and guidance

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Test and Protect

Last updated: 19 Jan 2022 - see all updates
Published: 18 Feb 2021

Information and support for people who are asked to self-isolate because of COVID-19, including the Self-Isolation Support Grant (£500).

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Test and Protect
Close contact testing

Close contact testing

If you are asked to self-isolate you should follow the self-isolation guidance on NHS Inform.

What you need to do

After being asked to self-isolate, you will be contacted by Test and Protect to begin the contact tracing process. If you are a close contact identified through Test and Protect, you will be issued with instructions on how to book a test.

You can also get help booking your test by calling 0800 028 2816.

Children under 5 years are encouraged but not required to take a PCR test. These children are no longer required to self-isolate as close contacts.

After receiving your test result

If you test positive for coronavirus, you will be contacted by Test and Protect to identify any close contacts that need to self-isolate and get tested.

Whether your test is positive or negative, you should continue to follow the self-isolation guidance on NHS Inform.


First published: 18 Feb 2021 Last updated: 19 Jan 2022 -