You'll receive your result from NHS Test and Trace via text message or email.
If you live in the EN10 postcode area
If you test positive using a rapid test, you must self-isolate and book a confirmatory standard test (PCR) online.
- If your confirmatory standard test result is positive, you must self-isolate for 10 days from the date of your standard test result, in line with NHS guidance.
- If your confirmatory standard test result is negative, you are no longer required to self-isolate but you must follow the national and local restrictions in place at the time.
If you do not live in the EN10 postcode area
If you test positive using a rapid test, you must self-isolate immediately for 10 days, in line with NHS guidance.
You are no longer required to have a confirmatory standard test (PCR) after a positive rapid test result, but you must still self-isolate.
- If you work for NHS England, in Adult Social Care or in haulage, you are still required to have a confirmatory standard test, wherever you live.
- If you are a primary school worker who tests at home, you will also need a confirmatory standard test, wherever you live. Speak to your employer for the latest advice.
After a positive test result and self-isolation, people should not have a further test of either kind within 90 days of their positive test.
Positive results from tests will be collected by NHS Test and Trace and published as part of the daily case numbers, including how many positive cases are detected with this new method of testing. NHS COVID-19 app users should input their results into the app.
Can I get financial help if I test positive?
Eligible individuals who test positive will be entitled to the £500 test and trace support payment in the same way as a regular swab test through NHS Test and Trace. The government has set out this eligibility criteria.
Find out more and apply for a Test and Trace support payment
You must continue to follow the national restrictions in place at that time.
- Hands – wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water often, and as soon as you get home. Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
- Face – wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you don't normally meet.
- Space – stay at least 2 metres away from anyone you don't live with, or who is not in your support bubble.
A negative rapid test result doesn't constitute a 'green pass' and doesn't change the current national rules we all need to follow.