How to get a covid test

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Killick Street Health Centre will continue to be open and accessible to patients during lockdown and ongoing. We are here for you; not only for COVID related illness but also for any other health concerns that you may have. We are operating as a COVID secure building with all patients, visitors and staff being asked to wear masks around the building and we have lots of hand sanitising points. We have a ‘Meet and Greet’ person at the door to help ensure that our building remains a safe environment for all. 

Our GPs are triaging all patients before they attend the health centre and staff wear PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) whilst seeing patients. 

If you are unwell we would encourage you to contact us using either using our e-Consult system or by phone. You will have a brief triage by reception and then will be added to either your usual GPs telephone list or the Duty Doctor’s telephone list. Reception ask for a brief description of your concerns so that they can direct you to the most appropriate clinician or appointment type and this will also assist GPs in prioritising their workload. 

The main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:

  • A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature) 
  • A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual) 
  • A 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 

What to do if you have symptoms

If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus: 

  1. Get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible. You need to get your test done in the first 5 days of having symptoms. To access a test please either call 119 or click here
  2. You and anyone you live with should stay at home and not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test. 
  3. Anyone in your support bubble should also stay at home if you have been in close contact with them since your symptoms started or during the 48 hours before they started. 

Once again we would encourage you to contact your GP if you have any health concerns especially those that may be cancer related click here for further information or if you are concerned about your mental health, click here for further information and advice. 

Last but not least we strongly encourage you to have your flu vaccination this year if you are aged 65+ or have a long-term health condition. We will also be giving the nasal flu vaccination to children aged 2-3 years old. Please call us for an appointment.