Coronavirus information regularly changes so we update this section with the latest guidance as soon as we can.

Symptomatic testing

What to do if you have symptoms.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or you have tested positive using a Lateral Flow Device (LFD), you must stay at home and self-isolate. You should also book a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test as soon as possible.

All members of your household may also need to self-isolate, so they should also follow government guidance while you're waiting for your PCR result. This is because it can take several days following contact with an infected person before an individual develops symptoms or the virus can be detected.

Remember: one in three infected people will not develop symptoms but will still be able to transmit COVID-19.

If your test comes back positive

  • You must self-isolate from the onset of symptoms.
  • You may end self-isolation after seven days, following two negative LFD tests taken 24 hours apart. The first LFD test should not be taken before the sixth day. Please do not leave isolation in order to collect an LFD test, whether you have symptoms or not. It is instead recommended that you order a kit to be delivered to your home, or ask a friend, relative, or carer to collect a kit on your behalf.
  • Other members of your household must stay at home and self-isolate if:
    • you have been identified as a suspected or confirmed case of the Omicron variant of COVID-19
    • they are aged 18 years 6 months or over and not fully vaccinated. (You are fully vaccinated 14 days after having received two doses of an approved vaccine such as Pfizer/BioNTech, AstraZeneca or Moderna/Spikevax, or one dose of the single-dose Janssen vaccine.)

Follow the guidance on GOV.UK if you have been in close contact with, but do not live with, someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

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Getting tested

You can phone 119 or book a free test online. Tests are only available with a pre-booked appointment.

You will be advised on your nearest available testing site when booking.

Testing in West Sussex is available at the regional testing sites at Gatwick and Tangmere, and at mobile testing units that visit locations across the county.

Those unable to travel can order home test kits.

Guidance for key workers, care home residents and workers is available on the NHS website.

Watch our video to see what it’s like to get tested for COVID-19 in West Sussex.

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Further information about testing for COVID-19 is available on the NHS website.


The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature - this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough - this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste - this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms.


The following documents provide these key messages in another language.


The following translated videos will help you to spot the signs of coronavirus.

Last updated:
24 December 2021
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