COVID-19 collection and delivery of home rapid lateral flow tests

Anyone over the age of 18 can collect a home testing kit or anyone over the age of 11 can 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 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 per day 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.

  • Meet in well-ventilated areas where possible, such as outdoors or indoors with windows open.
  • Wear a face covering where you come into contact with people you don't normally meet in enclosed and crowded spaces.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or using hand sanitiser regularly throughout the day.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough and sneeze.
  • Stay at home if unwell, to reduce the risk of passing on other illnesses onto friends, family, colleagues, and others in your community.
  • Consider individual risks, such as clinical vulnerabilities and vaccination status, when deciding who you have close contact with.

For additional information on COVID-19 testing visit the NHS Testing for coronavirus webpage.