Covid-19 Testing Initiative

Testing for Covid-19 for Essential Workers

If you are a staff member at The Harbour School, then you classify as an essential worker.

Use this service to apply for a coronavirus (COVID-19) test if you have symptoms and you:

This test can tell you if you have coronavirus at the time the swab sample is taken. The test to tell if you’ve ever had coronavirus (‘antibody test’) is not available yet.

When to apply for a test

The Harbour School at Tipner is situated adjacent to the Portsmouth COVID-19 testing site.

Apply within the first 3 days of having symptoms. The test is best taken within 5 days of symptoms starting.

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Testing for Covid-19 for Non-Essential Workers

If you have, or believe you have had symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), you can ask for an antigen test to check if you have the virus.


If you need medical advice about your symptoms, contact the NHS coronavirus service on the 111 line

Test Eligibility

You can ask for a test:

  • for yourself, if you have coronavirus symptoms now (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste)
  • for someone you live with, if they have coronavirus symptoms

This service is for people in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The tests are not suitable for children under 5 years old. 

If you’re asking for a test for someone else and the person is aged 13 or over, check they’re happy for you to ask for a test for them.

Please help the NHS and only ask for a test if you or someone you live are currently displaying symptoms.

When to ask for a test

You need to have the test in the first 5 days of having symptoms.

It’s best to ask for the test in the first 3 days, as it may take a day or two to arrange.

What the test involves

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

You can do the swab yourself or with the help of another.

View full government testing guidelines