Get COVID-19 tests for a care home

Get 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 COVID-19 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 to apply

You’ll need:

  • the care home’s unique organisation number (UON)
  • total number of residents, including number of residents with COVID-19 symptoms
  • total number of staff, including agency staff
  • your contact details

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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 NHS guidance on how to do the tests.

This test only tells you if you have COVID-19 at the time of taking the test. This is called an antigen test. It does not tell you if you’ve ever had COVID-19 in the past (an antibody test).