Find out more about how the test and trace system works.
The NHS Test and Trace service makes sure that anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 can quickly get a test to find out if they have the virus. It also traces close contacts of anyone with the virus to ensure they self-isolate to stop the virus from spreading.
If you have access to a smartphone please download the NHS COVID-19 app. The app will notify you if you come into contact with someone who later tests positive for COVID-19.
You can use the app to:
The how NHS Test and Trace Works website explains how Test and Trace will contact you if you have a positive test or if you have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
If you have tested positive for COVID-19, it is very important that you provide information about the close contact you have had with others as quickly and as completely as possible. This is vital to stopping the spread of the virus.
It is important you provide information about everybody you have had close contact with, even if you live with them, or have already advised them they need to isolate. This is so they can access payments to support isolation if they are eligible.
The government are reviewing the advice for contacts of people who have tested positive for COVID-19, but currently, it is still necessary to self-isolate if you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus. This website will be updated if and when this advice changes.