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Getting Tested

You may find the following information useful if you are having a COVID-19 test: 

Where do I get tested?

PEH Testing Site

The testing site can be found on the corner after the Vauquiedor entrance (on the right) and before you reach the main entrance to the PEH.

If you are coming in the Vauquiedor entrance drive through the main road of the PEH, you will need to drive past pathology (where there is the nice rainbow painted on the wall). Keep driving around the bend and on the right hand side you will see a white marquee. Just after the marquee you will see a sign to car park C. You will need to drive into car park C where you will be greeted by a Porter. Please remain in your vehicle at all time.

What do I do when I arrive?

When you arrive, please call the number provided to you when you were told your appointment time. This will go through to the testing team. When they are ready for you they will ask you to drive across the road to your appointment. Please make sure you stay in your vehicle AT ALL TIMES. Even your appointment will be from your car.

Testing now takes place at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital site, but in order to show you what the process involves please watch the video below that was recorded at the previous testing centre.

If you do start to experience any symptoms, no matter how mild, please contact the Clinical Helpline by calling 01481 756938 or 01481 756969.

The helpline is there to give you advice Monday-Friday, 8am - 4pm. 

The symptoms that you should be aware of are:

  • Muscle ache (fatigue, exhaustion)
  • Headache (sinus pain, pain around eyes)
  • Loss of smell/taste
  • Sore throat
  • Fever (high temperature, rigors, chills, can’t get warm.) 
  • Shortness of breath, chest tightness
  • Continuous new cough

If you feel very unwell, phone 999 and tell the operator of your symptoms. Please do not visit your GP or the Emergency Department at the hospital unannounced.

Below you will find some information on Infection Testing and Antibody Testing. Please be aware that any testing carried out by Public Health will continue to be free of charge, your doctors surgery will be able to carry out these tests but they will incur a processing fee. 

COVID-19 contacts

Clinical questions

Monday to Friday 08:00-16:00 (email inbox monitored between 09:00-17:00 Monday to Friday)

Non-clinical enquiries

Monday to Friday 09:00-17:00

Businesses with financial concerns

Monday to Friday 09:00-17:00

Guidance for critical businesses and workers

Monday to Friday 09:00-17:00

Education

Monday to Friday 08:30-17:00