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GP recommendation added as option for patients booking Covid tests

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Patients can now book a PCR Covid test on a GP recommendation alone, whatever their symptoms are.

Since earlier this month (5 March), the online booking page has included an additional reason for getting a test.

The aim has been to make it easier for a patient to book a test when recommended to do so by a GP.

A primary care bulletin from NHS England said: ‘The patient is now able to choose as a reason for getting a test the option “A GP or other healthcare professional has asked me (or someone I live with) to get a test”.’

This is irrespective of the patients’ symptoms.

Under this option, they do not require a referral to book a test, with NHS England saying it makes the process ‘more straightforward’ for GPs and patients.