My test result is 'Positive'. What support is available and how long do I have to isolate for?

Please note that we report all positive cases to Public Health England, as is required by UK law.

Support

This is the NHS guidance on what to do if you test positive for Covid-19
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-and-treatment/when-to-self-isolate-and-what-to-do/.

If you would like advice or more information on seeking medical help, you can call NHS Direct for free on 111.

We know receiving a positive Covid-19 test can be worrying and stressful. If you need assistance with shopping, collecting medication or would simply like someone to talk to, you can contact the NHS Volunteer Responders team on 0808 196 3646 (calls are free).

For more details about this service, you can also visit the website here [LINK to https://nhsvolunteerresponders.org.uk/services].



Isolation rules

Recommended and enforced isolation periods can vary depending on the country you are in at the time of your positive test, so please always check local government advice.

If you are in the UK, according to current Government guidance you and anyone you live with need to self-isolate for a period of 10 days, starting on the day you returned a positive Covid-19 test result. For more detailed guidance on what to do next, please go to the dedicated Government help pages here [LINK to https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-how-to-self-isolate-when-you-travel-to-the-uk/coronavirus-covid-19-how-to-self-isolate-when-you-travel-to-the-uk].