Important information about the coronavirus (COVID-19)
The NHS in Hull and Public Health England (PHE) are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.
This region’s response to coronavirus is being co-ordinated through the Humber Local Resilience Forum (Humber LRF) which is a multi-agency partnership made of representatives from local public services, the emergency services, local authorities, the NHS, the Environment Agency and others. Find more information about the LRF here.
The latest information on Coronavirus can be found on nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
- new continuous cough and/or
- high temperature
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.
We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:
- stay at home as much as possible
- work from home if you can
- limit contact with other people
- keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
- wash your hands regularly
Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.
- If you experience symptoms, DO NOT go to your GP or A&E. Go to www.111.nhs.uk/covid-19 to check your symptoms, and only call NHS 111 if you cannot get online or your symptoms worsen.
You can find the latest information and advice from Public Health England at www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Latest update on COVID-19 testing across the Humber region
Coronavirus testing is taking place across the Humber and can be accessed through a number of different routes.
This information has been provided to support local residents and key workers to find out if they are eligible for a Coronavirus test and how they can get an appointment. This information is changing regularly. It is correct at the time of publication, but please check back for updates.
Who can be tested?
Following the latest updates to Government guidance we are now offering Coronavirus testing, at some testing sites in the Humber, to the following groups:
- all essential workers including NHS and social care workers with symptoms (see the full list of essential workers)
- anyone over 65 with symptoms
- anyone with symptoms whose work cannot be done from home (for example, construction workers, shop workers, emergency plumbers and delivery drivers)
- anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus and lives with any of those identified above (this includes children from the age of 5)**
Testing is most effective within 3 days of symptoms developing and therefore it is important to make arrangements for testing as soon as possible after the onset of symptoms. Those who are asymptomatic, (have no coronavirus symptoms), should not use the self-referral portal to book a test.
**The testing sites operated by our local hospital trusts (see below) have different eligibility criteria and are managed directly by employers. Please speak to your employer if you think you need to be tested so they can advise which route you should use.
Where can I go for testing?
All testing sites operate on an appointment only basis – please do not attend without an appointment. When attending a site for testing, please stay in your car with your windows closed and follow instructions from site staff.
Humber Bridge Testing Centre
A regional testing centre has been established at the Humber Bridge Car Park (north). This is a drive through facility and is by appointment only. Appointments at the Regional Testing Centre can be booked through the online referral portal (either directly or through your employer).
Mobile Testing Unit
A Mobile Testing Unit is being deployed in different areas around the Humber to make it easier for people to get tested closer to home. The Mobile Testing Unit will move around the region offering testing by appointment only. Appointments at the Mobile Testing Unit can be booked through the online referral portal (either directly or through your employer).
When booking through the online portal, you will be shown a list of the nearest places to go for your test, which will include a Mobile Testing Unit if one is near you. It is important to undertake the test within a maximum of 5 days from the onset of symptoms, if a mobile unit is not near you at the time you need to be tested, you should attend your closest Regional Testing Centre or order a home testing kit.
For those unable to drive to a Regional Testing Centre and where a Mobile Testing Unit is not available, it is possible to order a home testing kit and carry out a swab-test at home. Home testing kits can be ordered via the online portal (either directly or through your employer).
Other Local Testing Sites
Local Hospital Trusts have also established their own testing centres to test health and social care staff and other key workers, where there is capacity to do so. This includes household members from the age of 2 years.
These local sites include:
- Castle Hill Hospital, Cottingham
- North Lindsey College, Scunthorpe
- Grimsby Institute, Grimsby
These sites are operated by staff from Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust and Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. Local NHS staff can be referred for testing by their line manager. Staff at partner organisations should request a test via their employer. Partner organisations may refer staff to a local site or refer them to the regional testing centre depending on capacity at the time. Appointments for these sites cannot be booked via the national self-referral system.
Testing is strictly by appointment only; anyone turning up without an appointment will be turned away.
Where can I find out more information?
- Frequently Asked Questions (05/05/2020)
- Government Guidance on Coronavirus Testing
- How NHS Employees can get a test for COVID-19
- COVID-19 Symptom Checker
- How to find your NHS number
- UK Government Strategy for scaling up testing (04/04/2020)
- Government advice on returning to work for healthcare workers