Coronavirus symptoms and testing

It's important to remember that if you experience any COVID-19 symptoms you, your household and anyone in your support bubble must:

  • Stay indoors and self-isolate. If you need support to self-isolate, please contact
  • Arrange for a test as soon as possible (and within the first 8 days of having symptoms).

When do I need to get a coronavirus test?

You should get a coronavirus test if at least one of the following applies:

  • you have a high temperature
  • you have a new, continuous cough
  • you’ve lost your sense of smell or taste or it’s changed
  • you’ve been asked to by a local council
  • you've been asked to by your doctor or a medical professional (e.g. in preparation for going into hospital for surgery or a procedure)
  • you’re taking part in a government pilot project

You can also get a test for someone you live with if they have symptoms. 

Accessing a test on the Isles of Scilly

To access a test, please call our Testing Helpline on 01626 204950.

The helpline is open every day, Monday to Sunday, 8am to 5pm.

You can also email to request a test.

If you have booked a test because you are symptomatic, you will be contacted by the Local Incident Response Team who can offer support and answer questions.

If you are on St Mary’s with symptoms a mobile testing coordinator will usually come to you and test you, or a test will be delivered for you to self-administer.

If you are on an off island a test will normally be delivered to you by a designated point of contact on your island. You can then self-administer the test. The point of contact will arrange to collect your test and transfer it to St Mary's.

Please remember that if you need to get a test on the Isles of Scilly, you must not visit the pharmacy, health centre or hospital on St Mary's as you may inadvertently spread the virus. If you need medical advice while you wait for your test result, please contact your GP or call 111.

You are also able to access testing via the national route by visiting this link: However, this may take longer than the local route.

Test Results

Tests will be collected and sent to Truro for analysis as rapidly as possible and results provided to you by phone or email – this usually takes around 48 hours.

Please ensure you self-isolate whilst waiting for your test results and keep your phone charged so that you can be contacted with your results, or by an NHS Test and Trace representative.  

You will be advised on what to do next when you are contacted with your test results.

If you have any questions relating to testing on the islands at any time, please do not hesitate to contact