Coronavirus

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It’s easy to get a test, local test centres are open in Dudley borough.

If you have any one of the main symptoms of COVID-19:

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

You should immediately self-isolate for 10 days and book a test either online (using the link below) or by calling 119.

Do you have other symptoms?

Some Dudley borough residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 have displayed other symptoms. Though these are not the COVID symptoms, we would like to encourage residents to get tested as a precaution:

  • headaches
  • aches and pains
  • feeling very tired for no good reason
  • sore throat
  • runny nose
  • sneezing
  • tummy ache in children.

When booking coronavirus test online, select the below option on the COVID test booking form:

  • My local council or health protection team has asked me (or someone I live with) to get a test, even though I do not have symptoms

If you have any of these other symptoms you do not need to isolate unless you have a positive test result.

 

Getting tested

Testing is important because it helps us prevent COVID-19 from spreading so we:

  • save lives – particularly those most at risk
  • protect our health and care systems
  • support our economic recovery, helping people safely return to normal

If you have any symptoms of coronavirus virus - a fever, new continuous cough or a loss of or change in taste or smell - you must get a test as soon as possible. You need to be tested in the first eight days of having symptoms.

Our test sites

The following test sites can be accessed on foot:

  • The Dudley test site on Flood St car park can be accessed from Oakeywell Street (DY2 8NY). If you are driving please access the site from the Dudley by-pass and park on the zone 2 car park next to the test site. DO NOT use the pay and display machine, you do not need to display a ticket in this zone
  • The Lye test site can be accessed from Jackson St (DY9 8HA). If you are driving to the site, parking is available on Clinic Drive car park.
  • A new test site at Studley Gate car park next to Swanpool Park in Stourbridge has opened (January 15).

The sites are open between 8am and 8pm, seven days a week. More details (including maps) are available by downloading the leaflet below.

In addition there is currently a temporary mobile testing site. The site rotates between Grey 7 Car Park, The Waterfront, Merry Hill, DY5 1XA and Engine Lane Car Park, Brierley Hill. Check the location when booking your test.

Tests are appointment only and must be booked in advance online or by calling 119.

Please be aware that the location and opening times of mobile testing sites in the borough can change rapidly as they are part of national supplies and can be moved quickly to where there is most need.

Please note:
  • Once you have booked your test you will be sent a QR code which you must take to your appointment. It is also recommended that take a form of ID.
  • Please travel to test sites either on foot, by car, or bike. Do not use public transport or a taxi.
  • All people attending test sites must wear a face covering, with the exception of children aged three, or under. Children aged three and under must observe social distancing on site. Any children over three arriving at the site without a face covering will not be admitted to the site. If they cannot wear a face covering for medical reasons then this channel is not suitable and you are advised to do a home test.
  • You will not be able to take a test without an appointment and could be asked to return when you have an appointment, pre booking is strongly advised.
Please also follow this advice 
  • Plan the quickest and easiest route to the testing site
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before you leave home and take hand sanitizer with you
  • If you plan to walk to the centre, make sure you wear a face covering or mask, stay a safe distance from others and avoid touching surfaces during your walk
  • If you plan to drive to the centre, make sure you wear a face covering while you are out of your vehicle
  • At the testing centre you must wear a face covering or mask at all times, except when you take your test
  • Unless you have an assistance dog, leave any pets at home as they aren't allowed at the testing centre
  • Children should not come with you unless you are unable to arrange childcare (if you do need to bring them with you, then children aged 3 or over should wear a face covering at all times) 
What to expect when you arrive 
  • You must keep at least two metres away from other people to keep everyone safe
  • You will be asked to use hand sanitiser upon entering the centre
  • The test involves wiping a large cotton bud at the back of your throat and around the inside of one of the nostrils in your nose (you will do this yourself and full instructions will be given)
After the test
  • Go straight home
  • Wash your hands
  • Stay home while you wait for the result of your test

Testing for essential workers and family carers

Essential workers are now entitled to have a free test, even if they are not displaying coronavirus symptoms. Simply visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus and click the button that you have no symptoms. This will then link to a comprehensive list of people considered to be essential workers. These include NHS and social care staff, including social care support workers, paid carers, unpaid family carers and voluntary carers. Click yes if you qualify and choose option 3 (Council request) on ‘why you are asking for a test’. You can the arrange a free, local test.

Testing positive

NHS Test and Trace will contact anyone who tests positive for Covid-19 and will ask you to share information about people that have been close contacts recently.

If NHS Test and Trace ask you to self-isolate due to contact with a person who has coronavirus, you should stay home and not attend the test site, unless you then develop symptoms yourself.

Financial support if you've been told to self isolate

If you are unable to work due to COVID-19, you may be entitled to a one-off payment of £500 through the NHS Test and Trace Support Payment scheme if you are required to stay at home and self-isolate. This payment is designed to support people on low incomes, if they will lose income as a result of self-isolating, and to encourage them to get tested if they have symptoms.

More information on the COVID Test and Trace Isolation Payment.

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