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Getting Tested

This page was last updated on 30 November 2021.

As we head into winter, Islanders are urged to step up vigilance and take further precautions including regular Lateral Flow Testing. Read more: Lateral Flow Testing (LFT) | States of Guernsey - COVID-19 (gov.gg)

To find out if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 please go to: https://covid19.gov.gg/guidance/symptoms

If you are symptomatic, please call the Coronavirus helpline on 01481 220001 or 01481 220002 to arrange your test.

PCR testing ‘drop-in’ sessions at East Arm (22 November - 10 December)

The East Arm testing facility will be holding regular PCR testing ‘drop-in’ sessions, specifically for anyone who has tested positive on a Lateral Flow Device and is aged 12 or over. 

Opening times:

08.30am - 10.15am Monday to Friday

The East Arm facility is unable to accommodate anyone on foot or a bicycle. If you have had a positive LFT and are unable to drive to the East Arm please call the clinical helpline on 01481 220001 or 01481 220002. The Scheduling team will then contact you to discuss testing options with you.

 

Please complete the booking form here Welcome to Local Testing | Guernsey Travel Tracker (gov.gg) before you arrive at the East Arm testing facility. 

Read the media release for more detail: East Arm facility to reduce PCR test waiting times for patients with Lateral Flow positives - States of Guernsey (gov.gg)

For instructions on how to complete the booking form, please read the 'guide to booking your testing' here: LFT positive testing booking guide

There are two types of COVID-19 test, PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test and LFT (Lateral Flow Test).

Depending on your circumstances you may be required to take either a PCR or LFT test. 

  • A PCR test is a swab administered by yourself or a medical professional, the swab is sent to the lab and you will be contacted with the results in 24-48 hours.
     
  • A LFT test is a swab administered by yourself that gives you the result within 30 minutes (without sending the swab to the lab). This test is normally completed at home with a kit.

 

You may be required to take a test or series of tests if you:

  • Are symptomatic, you must stay at home until you have received a negative test result and your symptoms have gone
  • Have travelled
  • Are a contact of a positive case
  • Or are part of a surveillance testing program e.g. workforce screening

What is a Lateral Flow Test (LFT)?

We have four different types of LFT testing kits available (SureScreen, Hughes, Innova and Siemens). This video shows how to complete a Surescreen kit test.

For more info about Lateral Flow Testing, including what to do if you test positive please go to: Lateral Flow Testing | States of Guernsey - COVID-19 (gov.gg)

Lateral Flow Test (LFT) - SureScreen kit

What is a PCR test?

Please watch the video below to see the process of completing a PCR test.

Getting a PCR test at the Hospital, East Arm of North Beach (drive through self-swab)

PCR testing - Where do I get tested?

Any tests not carried out at the ports on the day of arrival into the Bailiwick (e.g. Day 8 tests, Day 9 tests or if you are called for a test after becoming symptomatic), and which are not arranged to be taken at your self-isolation location, will either be carried out at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital (PEH) testing site or at the testing facility at the East Arm of the North Beach. 

What do I do when I arrive for my test?

When you arrive at the PEH, you will be met by a Hospital Porter who will show you where to wait. Please make sure you stay in your vehicle AT ALL TIMES.

Testing at the East Arm facility makes use of the Travel Tracker, which has been adapted so it can recognise people who are from Guernsey.  You will need a smart phone or tablet to access the Travel Tracker. Even if you have used the Travel Tracker system before you must not register anything until you arrive at the facility. You will need to input a journey into the system, and will be guided through the different inputs required on arrival by a member of the testing team.

PEH Testing Site

Below is a map of the testing facility at the East Arm of the North Beach. There will be no public access to the East Arm while testing is taking place.

East Arm

Travel related testing

Current Testing and Self-Isolation Requirements

For information about the current travel requirements and whether you will need to be tested and self-isolate on arrival into the Bailiwick visit Current Travel Requirements | States of Guernsey - COVID-19 (gov.gg)

Information about self-isolation can be found at https://covid19.gov.gg/support/protect

If you do not self-isolate as required under the Regulations, you may be prosecuted and, if convicted, sentenced to pay a fine of up to £10,000.

PCR tests prior to travel

If you are required to provide proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 result for your travel destination or carrier, you can request this online using this form: https://gov.gg/outboundtraveller-pcr and the team will be in touch to book your test.

Pre-travel PCR tests will cost £83 per test. Our Primary Care colleagues have been providing this service in their own practices and travellers are able to continue using Primary Care for pre-travel testing but this new online system is an additional service which ensures testing can be undertaken 7 days a week.

Outbound travellers should complete the online form 48 hours before the test is required. Results will be sent via email within 24 to 48 hours (the processing time may be quicker). The email will include a letter confirming the negative result which can be shared with your travel destination or carrier.

I've been asked to attend a test - Surveillance testing

If you are invited for a test because you are a possible contact of a positive case, or as part of workforce screening this will be a PCR test.

For more information about local testing including surveillance testing, education or workforce testing please go to: Local Testing | States of Guernsey - COVID-19 (gov.gg).

COVID-19 contacts

Clinical questions

Phoneline available 24 hours a day. Email inbox monitored Monday to Friday 09:00-17:00

Non-clinical enquiries

Monday to Friday 09:00-16:00

Businesses with financial concerns

Critical Travel

Monday to Friday 09:00-16:00

Education

Monday to Friday 08:30-17:00

Financial support for individuals

Monday to Friday 8:30 - 16:00

Business Queries

Monday to Friday 09:00-17:00

Travel Tracker

Monday to Friday 09:00-16:00