Book a Covid test Harrogate: The location of every coronavirus test centre, who is eligible and how to book

Anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus can get a free test to check if they have the virus and some people without symptoms may be asked to get tested by NHS Track & Trace.

By Brogan Maguire
Monday, 18th January 2021, 2:48 pm
Updated Monday, 18th January 2021, 2:52 pm

If you think you have symptoms and need to get a test in Harrogate, here's what you need to know:

Who can get tested?

You can only get a free NHS test if at least one of the following applies:

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This is how you can get a Covid-19 test in Harrogate.

- you have a high temperature

- you have a new, continuous cough

- you’ve lost your sense of smell or taste or it’s changed

- you’ve been asked to get a test by a local council

- you’re taking part in a government pilot project

- you’ve been asked to get a test to confirm a positive result

You may also need to get tested if you’re due to have surgery or a procedure.The hospital will arrange this for you.

If you’ve come to the UK from a high-risk country, you’re planning to leave the country or your employer or school has asked you to get a test but you have no symptoms - you will need to pay for a private test.

When should I take a test?

If you have symptoms, get a test as soon as possible.

You need to get the test done in the first eight days of having symptoms.

Can I order a test to my home?

On days one to seven of your symptoms, you can get tested at home. If you're ordering a home test kit on day seven, do it by 3pm.

The test involves taking a swab of the inside of your nose and the back of your throat, using a long cotton bud.

You can do the swab yourself (if you are aged 12 or over) or someone can do it for you.

Parents or guardians have to swab test children aged 11 or under.

You can order a home test here.

What if I want to take the test in Harrogate today?

If you wish to take a coronavirus test today, you will need to book an appointment at a Harrogate test site.

On day eight of your symptoms, you need to go to a test site. It's too late to order a home test kit.

There is now a permanent testing centre at Dragon Road Car Park, Dragon Road, Harrogate, HG1 5DB, with other permanent centres across North Yorkshire including in Scarborough, Skipton, Selby and Northallerton.

There are also a number of mobile testing sites arriving in North Yorkshire over the course of the week, with one in Ripon on Wednesday, January 20. It will be based at Coach Park, 3 Moss Arcade, Ripon, HG4 1AG.

To book a test you will need an appointment. Get one here.

When will I receive my results?

Most people get their test results the day after taking the test.

Some results might take longer, but you should get them in 72 hours.

The result came back negative - what should I do?

NHS guidance says you do not usually need to self-isolate if your test is negative.

But you may still need to self-isolate if:

- someone you live with has tested positive

- you've been told you've been in contact with someone who tested positive

- you're going into hospital – keep self-isolating until you go in

If you still feel unwell after a negative test, stay at home until you're feeling better. Contact a GP if your symptoms get worse or do not go away.

The result came back positive - what should I do?

If your test is positive, you and anyone you live with must self-isolate until you're no longer infectious - usually until 10 full days after your symptoms started or you had the test.

You may be contacted by the NHS or your local council and asked for information to help the NHS alert your close contacts.