Anyone can collect a home testing kit or order on the GOV.UK website.
Where to collect symptom-free home rapid lateral flow tests
You can collect rapid lateral flow tests at:
- Pharmacies participating in Pharmacy Collect. You can find your nearest pharmacy collection point using the NHS Covid-19 Test and Vaccination Site Finder.
Order symptom-free rapid lateral flow tests to be delivered
You can order 1 pack of home rapid lateral flow tests containing 7 tests for home delivery from the GOV.UK website. Your tests should arrive within 2 days.
What to do once you have your rapid lateral flow test results
Once you have completed your home test, you should report every result (positive, negative or void) to NHS Test and Trace, on the same day you take the test. Report your result online at the Gov.UK website or call 119.
If you test positive using a symptom-free LFD test, you should go to the GOV.UK Get a free PCR test to check if you have coronavirus webpage or you can call 119 to book a confirmatory PCR test at a PCR test site on the same day or as soon as possible to confirm the result. You must self-isolate immediately by law, along with other members of your household, while you get a confirmatory PCR test. You can leave your house to get your confirmatory PCR test.
Contact tracing will be initiated after your positive LFD test result but will be stopped automatically if you get a negative confirmatory PCR test within 2 days following the positive LFD test result.
If your confirmatory PCR test is positive or you do not get a confirmatory PCR test within 2 days of your positive LFD test, you and everyone in your household must continue to self-isolate for 10 days after the day of the LFD test.
If your confirmatory PCR test is negative and done within 2 days of your positive LFD test, you and everyone in your household can stop self-isolating if everyone has no symptoms of COVID-19.
If you test negative, you should continue to follow the preventative measures currently recommended for stopping the spread of the virus, as well as measures implemented as part of the national lockdown.
To protect yourself and others, you must remember: Hands. Face. Space. Fresh Air
- Hands – wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water often, and as soon as you get home. Use hand sanitiser or gel if soap and water are not available.
- Face – wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will meet people you do not normally meet.
- Space – stay at least 2 metres away from anyone you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble.
- Fresh Air - let in fresh air when indoors by opening windows, and only meet people outside your household or bubbles outdoors in line with the national roadmap out of lockdown.
For additional information on COVID-19 testing visit the NHS Testing for coronavirus webpage.