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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 at the PEH

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. 

7 Day Self-Isolation Option

Travel-related spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 contributed substantially to transmission across the world in the early phase of the pandemic, including in the Bailiwick of Guernsey. This trend was practically eliminated in Guernsey with the introduction of broad border controls and 14 days of compulsory self-isolation for everyone travelling to the Bailiwick.

After an earlier trial to establish an alternative to a 14 day period of compulsory self- isolation, the Civil Contingencies Authority (CCA) agreed to move to Phase 5b of the Exit from Lockdown framework. Phase 5b sees the re-introduction of Group A, B and C Countries. 

If you have arrived from a Group B country or region, you will be able to opt for a test on Day 7 with release to passive follow-up on receipt of a negative test. This includes Herm and Sark residents. If you choose not to take a test on Day 7, you will have a compulsory 14 day self-isolation period.  

If you have spent time in a Group A country or region in the 7 days immediately before your arrival in the Bailiwick, you will not be eligible for the test on Day 7 option. 

The classification of a country will be considered on the date of your arrival into the Bailiwick, regardless of whether that country was classified in the same or a different Group when you spent time there. The classification of countries and regions is reviewed daily and updated at https://covid19.gov.gg/guidance/travel/countries. A watch list of Group B countries that are more likely to soon be reclassified as Group A is also available.

Self-isolation is separating yourself from physical contact with the rest of the community, including those who you live with where possible, for a specified period of time. You should remain in your home, except for getting medical care or to have a test swab taken. You cannot go to work, school or public areas or use public transport or taxis until you have been told that is safe to do so. More information on self-isolation is available online 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.

Should you develop any symptoms before or after your test (however mild) you must ring the Coronavirus helpline on 01481 756938 or 01481 756969.

For further information on all aspects of self-isolation, go to https://covid19.gov.gg/support/protect.

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