Salisbury Foundation Trust

Home testing leaflet

Getting a coronavirus test before your hospital procedure

To protect you, other patients and staff, you need to get a COVID-19 (Coronavirus) test exactly 3 days before coming to hospital for your procedure.

We’ll order a test kit to be sent to your home, so you can take the test safely there. Please return your completed test kit by courier (see step 2 below).



1. Read text with your order ID 

  • You’ll get a text at least 7 days before your procedure date with your 10 digit order ID. Please keep this as you’ll need it later to register your test kit online.
  • Your test kit should arrive within 2 days. If you do not get it by then, please call 119.

2. Book your courier collection


You need to book your free, next-day courier collection 4 days before your procedure. (You must complete and return your test exactly 3 days before your procedure. To confirm

which day this is, see the timetable on the back of this page or contact your hospital).

  • You can book your courier between 8am and 4pm by visiting or by calling 119 (tell the call handler you’re getting the test before a hospital procedure).
  • Your courier will arrive between 8am and 4pm on the day of collection. Take your test at least 1 hour before 8am on the day of collection to give yourself enough time before the courier

3. Register your kit and complete your test

  • Register your test kit online to get your test result by following the instructions provided.
  • Complete your test exactly 3 days before your procedure and return it on the same day. Use the timetable on the back of this page to help you find out what day this is, or call your hospital.


4. What to do after getting your result

You should get your result by text within 2 days of returning your test kit. If you do not get your result by then, please contact 119.

Your hospital will also get the result by email.




  • If the result is negative, please continue to self-isolate and come to the hospital on the day of your procedure.
  • If your result is positive or unclear, call your hospital directly to discuss what to do next.



When to complete each step?

Circle the day of your procedure in the timetable below. Then see when you need to book your courier, register your kit online, take your swab sample and return your test kit.


Day of your Procedure Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun

4 days before your procedure- book courier collection

 Thurs Fri Sat Sun Mon Tues Wed
3 days before your procedure- register test kit online, take swab sample and return your test kit. 


 Sat Sun Mon Tues Wed Thurs


If you need any assistance with your test kit, please call 119 (lines are open from 7am to 11pm).

Tell the call handler that you’re taking a home test before your hospital procedure. Also, give them the name of the hospital. They’ll be able to support you at any step during the testing process.

Please click here for a downloadable copy of this leaflet 

Our staff at Salisbury District Hospital have long been well regarded for the quality of care and treatment they provide for our patients and for their innovation, commitment and professionalism. This has been recognised in a wide range of achievements and it is reflected in our award of NHS Foundation Trust status. This is afforded to hospitals that provide the highest standards of care.

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