Self-isolating and Covid-19 symptoms

For advice on self-isolation and treating coronavirus symptoms visit the NHS website.

You can also watch the short video below explaining the symptoms of Covid-19, and read our when to self-isolate guidance.

Testing if you have Covid-19 symptoms

Government guidance states that people with symptoms of coronavirus should book this test and only leave their home to have the test.

The main symptoms of Covid-19 are:

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

Book a test on GOV.UK or by calling 119.

Anyone who turns up without an appointment will be turned away

Availability of appointments for tests depends on the capacity of testing laboratories, which is outside of the council’s control. People booking appointments will be directed to their nearest available testing facility at the time they book on the portal.

What the test involves

The test involves taking a swab of the nose and the back of the throat, which can be done by the person themselves (self-administered) or by someone else (assisted). Those being tested may experience some mild discomfort but it should not hurt.

Testing if you do not have Covid-19 symptoms

Rapid tests (also known as lateral flow tests) are for residents or people who work in South Gloucestershire who are 16 years or older without symptoms of coronavirus.

Find out more and how to book on our book a Covid-19 rapid test – for people without coronavirus symptoms page.

Local testing facilities

There are a number of testing facilities in South Gloucestershire, including a long-term facility at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) Frenchay Campus and mobile units that can be deployed to different locations across the district a week at a time as part of the Government’s UK-wide drive to improve the accessibility of coronavirus testing. The units are run on behalf of the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) and will reduce the need for people with symptoms from having to travel further afield to be tested.

The test involves taking a swab of the nose and the back of the throat, which can be done by the person themselves (self-administered) or by someone else (assisted). Those being tested may experience some mild discomfort but it should not hurt.

How the sites work

When you book a test you will be given instructions about how to attend safely. Signage is in place to direct traffic and pedestrians (as appropriate) to each testing facility, but testing at all locations is on a strictly appointment-only basis. Current government guidance is that only those with symptoms should book a test.

Book a test on GOV.UK or by calling 119.

Anyone who turns up without an appointment will be turned away

Availability of appointments for tests depends on the capacity of testing laboratories, which is outside of the council’s control. People booking appointments will be directed to their nearest available testing facility at the time they book on the portal.

NHS Test and Trace

Find out how the NHS Test and Trace works on the GOV.UK website.

Visit the NHS website for advice if you’re told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or the NHS COVID-19 app.

The NHS Covid-19 app is the fastest way to see if you’re at risk from coronavirus. The faster you know, the quicker you can alert and protect your loved ones and community. Visit the NHS website to find out more and download the NHS Covid-19 app.

Vaccination

Information about the coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine is available on the NHS website.

Read the news article: GPs in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire begin roll-out of Covid-19 vaccine on the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) Healthier Together website.

A list of general FAQs can be found on the Healthier Together website.

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