Public Health - Coronavirus (COVID-19)

NHS Test and Trace

The NHS Test and Trace service will play an important role in identifying and containing any future outbreaks of coronavirus (COVID-19). It will save lives, help us to protect the Island and our local healthcare system as we move out of lockdown. 

The more rapidly people who may have been at risk of infection can be identified the more effectively we can reduce the spread of the virus and maintain transmission at low levels.

By working together and playing our part, we can all help to keep our friends, families, communities and our Island safe.

If you have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms

If you or someone you know develops coronavirus symptoms you should immediately self-isolate and book/order a test. 

You need to get the test done in the first five days of having symptoms. 

Coronavirus symptoms are:

  • a new, continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a change in your sense of smell or taste


Getting a coronavirus test

The coronavirus testing centre for the Isle of Wight is based at 1Leisure Medina in Newport. 

For the latest guidance on eligibility, visit the GOV.UK website: Coronavirus (COVID-19) getting tested .

Testing at the 1Leisure Medina testing centre is available between 9am and 2.30pm, Monday - Saturday (not Sundays) and can be used by people arriving in a car or on foot. Up to four people may travel in a car to be tested from the same household.

Staffed by the NHS, the 1Leisure Medina testing centre forms part of a national network of facilities which aim to carry out thousands more swab tests to identify if people have the virus.

Postal tests

If you are unable to travel to 1Leisure Medina to have a test, then you can order a  postal home testing kit online from the government website: NHS.UK website: apply for a coronavirus postal test (home testing kit).

Essential worker testing

If you are an essential worker or live with an essential worker, including NHS or social care staff, or are asking for tests for the residents and staff of a care home, or have a verification code from your employer, you need can book at test at GOV.UK website: Essential workers apply for a coronavirus test .

About the test

The test involves taking a swab of the inside of your nose and the back of your throat, using a long cotton bud, instructions will be provided with the test.

View an NHS video about the home testing kit


If your test is negative, you and other household members no longer need to self-isolate.

If your test is positive, you must complete the remainder of your 10-day self-isolation. 

Anyone in your household must also continue to complete self-isolation for 10 days from when you started having symptoms. If they start to develop symptoms during that time, they should get tested and the household must isolate for a further 10 days.

A positive test result for coronavirus, will mean you will be contacted by the NHS test and trace service and you will need to help the NHS test and trace team with their investigations.

Contact tracing

If your test for coronavirus is positive, you will be contacted by the national contact tracing team who will:

  • Contact you by text, email or telephone
  • Send you a link to complete a confidential online account of your recent close contacts (this may be followed up by telephone)

  • In line with data protection rules contact those people that you’ve been in contact with

  • Not share your identity.

The NHS test and trace team will ask you to confidentially share details of people with whom you have had close, recent contact and places you have visited. 

It is important that you respond as soon as possible so that other people who might be at risk can be contacted quickly and given the right advice.

Further information on the NHS test and trace service can be found on the GOV.UK website - Test and trace how it works.

Guidance for accommodation providers  - if a guest displays symptoms of COVID-19

If a guest is displaying signs of the COVID-19 virus while staying in overnight accommodation for a permitted reason, they should inform the accommodation provider, immediately self-isolate where they are to minimise any risk of transmission, and request a test.

If they are confirmed to have COVID-19, they should return home if they reasonably can.

If a guest cannot reasonably return home (for example because they are not well enough to travel or do not have the means to arrange transport), their circumstances should be discussed with an appropriate health care professional and, if necessary, the local authority. Guests should follow Government guidance on dealing with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.

Further Information

View our informative web pages for visitors - Respect, Protect and Enjoy the Island

View our guidance on how to become a covid-secure business

NHS COVID-19 App Trial

Island residents were among the first to trial a contact tracing NHS COVID-19 app as part of the government’s plan to tackle the coronavirus pandemic and pave the way to safely reducing current social distancing measures. The NHS COVID-19 app trial on the Isle of Wight ended in June 2020 and residents have been thanked by the government for the vital role they have played.

Any resident on the Island who took part in the trial by downloading the NHS COVID-19 app on to their smartphone, should uninstall this app.


We will continue to keep this page updated with the latest developments and support, to ensure that you have access to all the information available regarding apps, test and trace.

Outbreak Management

View our Local Outbreak Control Plan.

Read our Frequently Asked Questions.