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COVID-19 testing

Anyone with symptoms that started within the last three days can now ask for a test. 

Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 should immediately self-isolate and arrange to have a test.

Tests are most effective within three days of symptoms developing. Members of your household will need to self-isolate for 10 days from the onset of your symptoms. If they develop symptoms, they will also need to arrange a test.

More information about self-isolating can be found in the NHS guidance.

You can book a free test or phone 119. Tests are only available with a pre-booked appointment.

The closest drive-through testing site is located at Gatwick Airport.

Those unable to travel can order home test kits.

Tests are not suitable for children under five and must be ordered within the first five days since symptoms started.

Further information about testing is available on the NHS website.

Guidance on testing for key workers and care home residents and workers is available on the government website.

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • High temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • New, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • Loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms.

Translations of this advice in another language are available on the West Sussex County Council website.