Great James Street Health Centre
The practice has been asked to tell you about the new Covid-19 Contact Tracing Programme in Northern Ireland – “Test, Trace and Protect”.
Everyone in Northern Ireland with symptoms of COVID-19 is eligible for a free test. Anyone who develops symptoms of Covid-19 should self-isolate and book a test as soon as possible. The symptoms are:-
A new continuous cough
Fever (temperature of 37.8 or above)
Loss of or changed sense of taste or smell.
To book a test, you can log on to this link www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test
You can also book a test by ringing the Freephone number 119
The results of the test will either be sent to you by e-mail or text.
When symptomatic, you and all members of your household must continue to self-isolate, unless the result of the test is negative.
If your test result is positive, the Northern Ireland Contact Tracing Service will then be in touch with you. You will be asked about recent interactions with other people, including household members, people you have been in direct contact with or have been within 2 metres of for more than 15 minutes. The people that you have been in close contact with will be informed that they have been in contact with a “case” and advised what actions they also need to take. All information will be handled with appropriate privacy and confidentiality safeguards.
At present, telephone calls from the Contact Tracing Service will show up on phones as a “withheld number”, so please be aware of this, if you have symptoms and have been tested.
You should self-isolate for 7 days from the start of your symptoms. The period of self-isolation can end after 7 days, if you are well and have not had a temperature for 48 hours.
People who have been in close contact with you, including household members, should self-isolate for 14 days from the time they were last in contact with you, even if they do not have symptoms themselves. This is to stop the potential inadvertent spread of the virus. Close contacts do not need to be tested, unless they also develop symptoms.
Thank you in anticipation of your co-operation with the latest efforts to stop the spread of the Coronavirus.