Get coronavirus tests for a care home

Get coronavirus (COVID-19) testing kits to test the residents and staff of your care home.

This testing is available throughout the UK.

The staff and residents do not need to have coronavirus symptoms for you to get the tests.

Who can make the application

To apply, you need to be the care home manager.

What you need

You’ll need:

  • the care home’s ID
  • total number of residents, including number of residents with coronavirus symptoms
  • total number of staff, including agency staff
  • your contact details
  • in England, your Care Quality Commission (CQC) location ID (typically in the format ‘1-xxxxxx’)
  • in Wales, your Service Unique Reference Number (typically in the format ‘SIN-xxxxx-abcd’)
  • in Northern Ireland, your Regulation & Quality Improvement number (typically a minimum of 4 digits)
  • in Scotland, your Care Inspectorate number (typically in the format ‘CSxxxxxxxxxx’)

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What happens next

You’ll get an email telling you when the tests will be delivered.

What the test involves

The test involves taking a swab of the inside of your resident’s or staff member’s nose and the back of their throat, using a long cotton bud.

You can read guidance on how to do the tests.

This test only tells you if you have coronavirus at the time of taking the test. This is called an antigen test. It does not tell you if you’ve ever had coronavirus in the past (an antibody test).