Scan your phone to help beat COVID-19

Patient scanning a QR code

Anyone visiting an NHS building can now support the national COVID-19 Test and Trace programme by downloading an app to their phone.

The new NHS COVID-19 app allows users to scan a QR code to “check in” to a location, so they can be contacted immediately in the event that anyone who was there around the same time tests positive for the virus.

Large NHS healthcare sites such as hospitals will be displaying posters in areas where visitors are permitted, with a unique QR code for each location. Many businesses and venues will also be displaying codes.

Sally Roberts, Chief Nurse for the Black Country and West Birmingham, said: “It’s vitally important to register your contact details for Test and Trace when you go into a venue, to make it easier to keep track of those who may have come into contact with COVID-19 cases and stop local outbreaks from happening.

“This new app will definitely make things a little easier and a lot faster – and because it only requires you to scan your phone, it keeps contact with people and surfaces to a minimum so it’s safer too.”

The Test and Trace programme is designed to help slow the spread of the virus, reduce the impact of a potential second wave, and help everyone return to a more normal life.

As well as ensuring they can be contacted if they encounter somebody who has COVID-19, checking in will also give app users a record on their phones of the venues they have visited, which will help them remember where they have been if they become ill themselves.

The NHS COVID-19 app is available for download now on both iOS and Android phones.