Local testing available for key workers, including care home staff

Tuesday, 12 May 2020

Local testing available for key workers, including care home staff 

Here’s a reminder of the different options for key workers and members of the public to get tested for coronavirus:  

Key workers (including NHS, care home staff, teachers and household members if eligible) can use a dedicated local arrangement or the national booking system. The local arrangement and the national system offer appointments in different places. Please see below for more details.  

Members of the public (who are not key workers) who are eligible according to the latest government criteria should use the national booking system.  

Find out who can be tested.  

All key workers are invited to apply for testing, if eligible, at one of three sites in Norfolk and Waveney. Their household members may also be eligible. The sites are at: 

o James Paget University Hospital 

o The Centrum Centre near Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital 

o Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn 

The service is by appointment only. Appointments for these locations cannot be booked using the national portal, they must be booked using their local system: 

o NHS acute hospital staff: Use your organisation’s existing booking arrangements. 

o All other NHS employees can email NHScovidtesting@nnuh.nhs.uk.  

o All other essential workers, including care home staff: Ask your employer/line manager to email NorfolkRegistercovidtesting@nnuh.nhs.uk with their name, job title and contact number to obtain a unique code for your organisation. Once you have that, please ask for an appointment by email: covidtesting@nnuh.nhs.uk.  

If you choose to book via the national booking system, you will be directed to centres at Ipswich, Peterborough or Stansted, or a mobile testing centre if available.  Members of the public  

Members of the public who are not key workers must book using the national booking system. You will be offered a choice of a home testing kit or travelling to a regional testing centre. The nearest regional testing centres are at Ipswich, Peterborough or Stansted, but from time to time mobile testing centres will also be set up. Appointments for these will be shown on the national booking system when available.  

Local testing available for key workers, including care home staff