Guidance: Testing for coronavirus before hospital

Department Of Health

February 19
15:54 2021

Testing for COVID-19 before a hospital procedure (easy read)

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If you are going into hospital, you must take your COVID-19 swab test exactly 3 days before the day of your procedure.

This guidance details how to:

  • check the test kit contents
  • register your test kit online
  • book your courier collection
  • prepare, take and package your swab sample
  • give your completed test kit box to the courier
  • get your test results by text

The test outlined in this guidance is suitable for:

  • adults aged 18 and over
  • teenagers aged 12 to 17
  • children 11 and under
Published 15 December 2020
Last updated 19 February 2021 +show all updates
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