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COVID-19 testing now available for unpaid carers

Thursday 7th May 2020

The government has now included unpaid carers, such as parents with disabled children, in the list of essential workers that can get a COVID-19 test if they show symptoms. 

Unpaid carers are listed under NHS and social care staff, at the end of the first bullet point on this webpage:  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested#essential-workers

This will be welcome news to many unpaid carers who have expressed real concerns to us.  It would make a huge difference to many families, especially when some lockdown measures start to lift.

Please note that these lists apply to England only.

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have their own lists and criteria. See more information on:

The self-referral test booking routes are available for England, Scotland and Northern Ireland here https://self-referral.test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk/test-type