NHS Test and Trace

Controlling the spread of coronavirus

As our city starts to reopen, NHS Test and Trace will help to reduce the spread of coronavirus and contain and stop outbreaks. It will help the NHS to keep the rate of reproduction, the ‘R’ number, below 1 so that the Council can continue to support the safe reopening of our city.

Find the latest information from Westminster City Council about how we are supporting NHS Test and Trace, including links to central government and NHS health advice.

How Test and Trace works

If you have symptoms of coronavirus, you must stay at home and ask for a coronavirus test through the NHS or by calling NHS 119.

You must take the following steps if you have coronavirus symptoms or are contacted by NHS Test and Trace that you have been in close contact with someone with coronavirus:

1.  If you have one or more symptoms of coronavirus, which are a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), you must immediately self-isolate.

2.  You then must book a test through NHS.UK or call NHS 119. Testing is available for anyone who has symptoms

3.  You must isolate for 10 days if you test positive. You will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace who will help you identify who you have been in contact with and will gather their contact details. People identified as having been in close contact with someone who has a positive test must stay at home for 14 days, even if they do not have symptoms.

If you test positive, our Westminster Connects service can support you with things like food shopping.

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

By playing your part, you will directly help to contain coronavirus.

See the daily breakdown of cases of coronavirus in England, across London, and in Westminster.

 

Advice in other languages

Coronavirus guides are available in other languages on GOV.UK. This covers government advice on shielding, staying at home, and for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person.

Translated posters and resources are also available to download on the Public Health England Campaign Resources Centre.

Watch or listen to our Test and Trace explainer

You can find versions of this video on our YouTube channel in Arabic, Bengali, Farsi, Kurdish Sorani, Portuguese, Somali and Tigrinya.

The government has updated its self-isolation guidance for anyone with symptoms or confirmed coronavirus - you must now stay at home for 10 days (not 7). Our explainer videos are being updated. In the meantime, please see our translations; Arabic translationBengali translationKurdish Sorani translation, Portuguese translationSomali translation and Tigrinya translation.

 
FAQS and advice

Test and Trace questions answered

Frequently asked Test and Trace questions:

Read our NHS Test and Trace service FAQs

GOV.UK NHS Test and Trace: how it works

For more information and to keep up to date visit NHS coronavirus advice

How test and trace works
Keeping our city safe

How test and trace works

If you have symptoms of coronavirus, you must stay at home and ask for a coronavirus test through the NHS or by calling NHS 119.

You must take the following steps if you have coronavirus symptoms or are contacted by NHS Test and Trace that you have been in close contact with someone with coronavirus:

  1. If you have one or more symptoms of coronavirus, which are a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), you must immediately self-isolate.
  2. You then must book a test through NHS.UK or call NHS 119. Testing is available for anyone who has symptoms
  3. If you test positive, you will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace who will help you identify who you have been in contact with and will gather their contact details. You must isolate for 7 days. People identified as having been in close contact with someone who has a positive test must stay at home for 14 days, even if they do not have symptoms.

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

By playing your part, you will directly help to contain coronavirus.

Keeping our city safe

The council will support NHS Test and Trace, by responding to any local outbreaks of coronavirus should they occur.

The council’s Outbreak Control Plan outlines how we will support Public Health England in identifying and containing any local outbreaks, identified by NHS Test and Trace. 

The plan sets out how we will: 

  1. Manage any local outbreaks of coronavirus
  2. Quickly and efficiently respond to any patterns of coronavirus as they emerge 
  3. Work closely with national and regional partners to ensure everyone who needs a test, has access to one  
  4. Build trust and confidence among our communities in using NHS Test and Trace 
  5. Protect our most vulnerable residents and prevent and mitigate any outbreaks within our high-risk settings   
  6. Ensure any resident who needs to self-isolate, and needs support from the council - gets it. 

Protecting our communities

As the city reopens, we’ve spoken to our Church Street community on what they’re doing to stop the spread of coronavirus and protect themselves and their community. Watch the film here.

 

Keeping our city safe

The council will support NHS Test and Trace, by responding to any local outbreaks of coronavirus should they occur.

The council’s Outbreak Control Plan outlines how we will support Public Health England in identifying and containing any local outbreaks, identified by NHS Test and Trace. 

The plan sets out how we will: 

1.   Manage any local outbreaks of coronavirus

2.   Quickly and efficiently respond to any patterns of coronavirus as they emerge

3.   Work closely with national and regional partners to ensure everyone who needs a test, has access to one

4.   Build trust and confidence among our communities in using NHS Test and Trace

5.   Protect our most vulnerable residents and prevent and mitigate any outbreaks within our high-risk settings

6.   Ensure any resident who needs to self-isolate, and needs support from the council - gets it.

View our Outbreak Control Plan - it aims to protect everyone who lives, works and visits Westminster.

 

NHS Test and Trace outreach sessions

Our Community Engagement Team are offering virtual sessions explaining the latest COVID-19 advice, how NHS Test and Trace works and answering your questions or concerns. These hour long sessions are available to Westminster charities, voluntary and community groups and our faith sector.

If you’re interested in these sessions, please contact community.engagement@westminster.gov.uk

 

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