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When should I request COVID testing?

You should request a test only if you develop symptoms (fever, new continuous cough, loss of taste or smell) or you have been asked to by Test and Protect.

Testing is only reliable if you have coronavirus symptoms, a person can be incubating the virus and it would not show on a test until a few days later. That is why it is advised to test when a person has relevant symptoms.

If you have symptoms, even if they are mild, you are expected to stay at home for 10 days from the start of your symptoms.

Do not go to your GP, pharmacy or hospital.

All other household members should isolate as a household for 14 days, even if they don’t have symptoms themselves. This is because they might have the virus but are not yet showing signs of it.

To access a test you can:

Complete the NHS Western Isles Online Testing Referral Form at

Email your details to: [email protected]

Telephone the local COVID-10 helpline: 01851 601151 (open 9.00am-5.30pm Monday to Friday, with an answering machine available outwith these hours)

If the test is negative, you can return to your normal activities, however, a positive test should trigger Test and Protect contact tracing.

If your symptoms get worse during the 10 days of self-isolation or have not improved after 10 days, you need to continue to self-isolate and phone 111.

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