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Get a rapid test for Covid-19

Important: if you have symptoms you MUST book a test for symptomatic people. You must not book a rapid test. 

The tests detailed below are available for anyone. You can collect rapid tests from a number of pharmacies to use at home

These home testing kits are for people aged 18 or over who do not have symptoms to use twice a week. Find your local pharmacy where you can pick up home tests.

What is Covid-19 rapid testing?

The rapid testing programme is available for anyone who does not have any Covid-19 symptoms. As many as one in three people who have coronavirus have no symptoms and may be spreading it without realising.

The aim is to test people who do not have Covid-19 symptoms to identify those who are positive so they can self-isolate. This will stop them from passing on the virus.

How is the test done?

A rapid test (also called a Lateral Flow Test or LFT) detects the presence of Covid-19 by checking a swab you take yourself from the back of your throat and your nose. Results will be available in one to two hours.

Who are these tests for?

Rapid Covid-19 tests are available for everyone. You must not have this type of test if you have any Covid-19 symptoms. These tests are only for people without any symptoms.

Below is a video showing you what to do.

 

After you receive the test result

Positive result

  • If your test is positive, you will need to self-isolate along with everyone in your household for 10 days.
  • You and everyone in your household must isolate for 10 days.
  • You must book an NHS test.
  • If someone from your household goes on to also develop symptoms while you are all self-isolating, they should book a test for symptomatic people.

Negative result

  • A negative test result from a rapid test doesn’t automatically mean you don’t have COVID-19. You should continue to follow COVID-19 safety measures:  
     
  • Wearing a face covering 
  • Washing your hands with soap and water, or using hand sanitiser
  • Social distance, by keeping at least 2 metres away from others outside your household or bubble.
     
  • If you test negative you do not need to isolate or book an NHS swab test.
  • If you develop any Covid-19 symptoms, ensure you book a test for symptomatic people online or by ringing 119.

Void result

  • Please take another rapid test.

 

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