COVID 19 Testing Centre - updated

Updated: Aug 5

Sellafield introduced the system to complement the national system and help prevent the spread of Covid-19 by ensuring those with Covid-19 are quickly identified and able to self-isolate. Please see information below and here.


Here's what you need to know:

  • If someone on duty at work at Sellafield (this includes Sellafield Ltd employees, ASWs, CSWs and our supply chain contractors who work on the Sellafield site) is feeling unwell and displaying Covid-19 symptoms (high fever, a new and persistent cough, or the sudden loss of taste and smell), they can access the system and take a test.

  • You can arrange this test through your line manager, who will book it on your behalf. If the test result is positive, the Sellafield track and trace team will work to identify colleagues you have come into close contact with, so they can also be tested.

  • Anyone with a positive result will also be referred to the NHS system. The NHS track and trace system would also work to identify people you have come into close contact with and contact them directly. In accordance with government guidance, these people would need to self-isolate for 14 days.

  • In all circumstances, you must follow the NHS guidance.

  • If you are contacted and asked to self-isolate, you must do so. If you are not contacted by the NHS then you should continue to attend work.

  • If you start to feel unwell, and develop Covid-19 symptoms (high fever, a new and persistent cough, or the sudden loss of taste and smell), then you should take a test.

As a summary:

  • If you are symptomatic for Covid-19, take a test. If this is positive, self-isolate. If it is negative, return to work (unless you have been advised by track and trace not to).

  • If you are worried you have Covid-19, take a test. If this is positive, self-isolate. If it is negative, return to work (unless you have been advised by track and trace not to).

  • If you are contacted by contact tracers, follow their guidance.

Please note:

  • NHS guidance is that if you live with someone who has Covid-19 symptoms you should self-isolate for 14 days.

  • If you have been in an area where there has been an outbreak (for example, Carlisle city centre) then you should follow any public health guidance.

  • Separate guidance is being produced for people returning from abroad who are asked to quarantine.

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