Test and Trace

Anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and will need to share information about their recent interactions. This could include household members, people with whom they have been in direct contact, or within 2 metres for more than 15 minutes.

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, to stop unknowingly spreading the virus. 

To support this announcement the Department for Health & Social Care has developed the following package of materials, which are at the bottom of this page:

  • Press notice with full details of the announcement 
  • Infographic outlining the NHS Test & Trace process
  • Guidance for employers and employees; and 
  • Q&A (see page 15 for employer specific questions)

See the GOV.UK webiste for further information - NHS test and trace: how it works 

See also - NHS test and trace: workplace guidance - this page offers guidance on the NHS test and trace service for employers, businesses and workers.

Testing in Lincolnshire

Testing is now available for any person showing symptoms of Coronavirus, over the age of 5. Symptoms are:

  • A fever
  • A new, continuous dry cough
  • A change or absence in your sense of taste and smell

How to book a test

The county has a static testing site and mobile units that visit various locations based on booked demand. After booking a test online, you will be offered a test appointment at your nearest available (or a home test kit if appropriate).  Please do not arrive at a test centre without an appointment. Priority must be given to the high numbers of people who have booked a test, meaning you are unlikely to be seen.

Please visit: https://self-referral.test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk/

After testing        

If your test result turns out to be negative, you can safely return to work, as long as:

  • You are well enough
  • You have not had a high temperature for 48 hours
  • Anyone you live with also tests negative·     

If your test result is positive, or someone you live with tests positive, you cannot return to work. You’ll need to continue to self-isolate. Read NHS advice about how long to self-isolate.

If your condition gets worse, or you do not get better after 7 days, use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. Only call 111 if you cannot get help online. For a medical emergency dial 999.

Call 111 if you're worried about a baby or child. If the baby or child seems very unwell, is getting worse, or you think there’s something seriously wrong, call 999. Do not delay getting help if you’re worried. Trust your instincts. Get more advice about coronavirus in children.

Government Information - For Employers

From now, workers can book tests for themselves and their household via a new online portal on gov.uk. This will make the process of getting an appointment quicker and easier, while reducing the burden on business. Use the link below:


The key message from Government is to strongly encourage employers to communicate this new service to eligible workforce and colleagues. Employers may be aware that demand for these tests has been high. However, please advise your self-isolating staff to get a test if they, or someone in their household, have symptoms. More allocations become available each day.

If you need further guidance and support, please contact DHSC at opshub@dhsc.gov.uk.

To help communicate with staff, please see the bottom of this webpage for a package of materials to be used for colleague engagement:

- Letter from DHSC to employers
- Information pack explaining the programme in brief and how to use the communications materials to inform your staff
- FAQ for employers; FAQ to answer staff questions
- Slide pack explaining how to use the employer portal and click here for instructions for staff on how to use the online booking system
- Infographic explaining how to book a test

This pack of resources includes a full campaign toolkit, containing digital and print assets for you to share and use to communicate with colleagues, is available from the Coronavirus Campaign Resource Centre.

Page updated 28th May