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Wales has now joined the UK-wide home testing scheme which allows anyone over the age of five to order a test online if they are experiencing symptoms. This decision coincides with Wales joining a UK government-run testing website.
Under these changes, everyone over the age of five, suffering with COVID-19 type symptoms, will be able to request a test either at a test centre or via a home testing kit.
What does this mean?
It is important that symptomatic CTM staff members, and their household members, must still request a test via our own dedicated booking centre on 01656 752993 (lines open 7 days a week, 9am-5pm).
All other symptomatic critical workers have 2 options:
- apply online for a home testing kit
- book a slot at a mass drive-through testing centre or mobile testing unit
Members of the public with symptoms should apply for a test online to receive a home testing kit or by phoning the free number 119. Home testing kits involve a combined throat and nose swab.
To be tested you must have symptoms of COVID which include:
🔺Fever (37.8c or higher)
🔺A new or continuous cough
🔺New onset of influenza like illness (including muscle aches and tiredness)
🔺Cold like symptoms (including headache, runny nose, sore eyes – that is not consistent with hay fever)
🔺Loss of sense of taste or smell
The most recent advice from Public Health Wales states:
The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives.
Stay at home:
- Only go outside for food, health reasons or to work (but only if it is not reasonably practicable to work from home)
- Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
- Wash your hands as soon as you get home
These measures must be followed by everyone. Separate advice is available for individuals or households who are isolating, and for the most vulnerable who need to be shielded.
You should only contact NHS 111 if you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after seven days.
To help prevent the spread of Coronavirus:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (the time it takes to sing Happy Birthday twice) especially before cooking and eating and after using the toilet.
- If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitiser containing at least 60% alcohol.
- Try not to touch your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- If you need to cough or sneeze catch it with a tissue, bin the tissue and wash your hands or use hand sanitizer.
Calling all staff!
Visit our new wellbeing website for staff – focused on providing all staff and managers with details of support services and wellbeing information during this very challenging period cwmtafmorgannwg.wales/staffwellbeing