The English and Welsh governments recently announced the availability of free, coronavirus rapid lateral flow test to all residents, to help stop the spread of coronavirus. This means that if you live in either England or Wales, you can regularly order free home test kits to ensure you have not contracted the virus.
If you are a full-time agency worker or you’re not currently receiving regular coronavirus testing through your substantive employer, we strongly recommend using this free service. Testing regularly protects you, your family, colleagues and patients.
You can only use this service if:
If you think you have symptoms of coronavirus or you have been in contact with someone who has the virus, do not order these free tests. You MUST instead book a PCR test here.
You can pick up home self-test kits at certain testing sites. Each person can collect 2 packs of 7 lateral flow self-test kits for home use. You do not need an appointment. Test centres are open for collection 7 days a week.
The rapid lateral flow tests are only suitable for people who do not have coronavirus symptoms. If you have COVID-19 symptoms you need to book a PCR test.