Coronavirus (Covid-19) Advice and Support
Updated 1 April 2022
Up-to-date NHS information about COVID-19 and new advice can be found at www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19
Up-to-date local information about COVID-19 cases and public health advice can be found on the Oxfordshire County Council website
- You no longer need to test if you have COVID-19 symptoms.
- Free Lateral Flow tests are no longer be available for the vast majority of people, although tests will be available to buy from local pharmacies. (Please see below for those groups which can still access free tests).
- PCR test sites have closed
- National and local contact tracing has ended.
Eligibility for free testing
The Government announced this week that a number of groups will continue to be eligible for free symptomatic and asymptomatic testing.
Free symptomatic testing will be available for:
- Patients in hospital, who require a test for clinical management or to support treatment pathways.
- People who are eligible for COVID-19 treatments as they are at higher risk of getting seriously ill from the virus. People in this group will be contacted directly and sent lateral flow tests to use if they have symptoms. They will also be given information on how to reorder tests.
- Those who live or work in high-risk closed settings, for example in some NHS, social care and prison settings, where infection needs to be identified quickly to minimise outbreaks.
- Those eligible will be informed about the new process by NHS England.
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) will continue to fund some asymptomatic testing in NHS services, during periods of higher levels of the virus, including for staff and patients. They will also fund some regular asymptomatic testing for staff in adult social care services and hospices during periods of high infection rates. Most visitors to adult social care settings, and visitors in the NHS, will no longer be required to take a test.
Living with COVID-19 guidance
The Government’s focus is now to protect people most vulnerable to COVID-19 and maintaining resilience, and the key objectives are set out in the 'Living with COVID-19' publication.
For more information please go to the Government's Coronavirus website.
Other useful links
- Updates from Oxford University Hospitals Trust
- Information and links to local advice on mental health and wellbeing
COVID Vaccination Information - Imam Monawar Hussain, OUH Muslim Chaplain
- Video in Bengali - From Urmee Mazher
- Video in Punjabi - From Zaheer Qureshi, Treasurer, Asian Cultural Centre
- Video in Arabic - From Dr. Kamel Ait Tahar
- Video in Hindi - From Dr. Gian Gopal, Chairman, OHTCCP
- Video in Farsi - From Dr Hosnieh Djafari-Marbini