Lateral Flow Testing for the general population

The Government is asking all people aged 11 and over to take a lateral flow (asymptomatic) test twice a week.

How to get a box of home tests

You can get home test kits for free in a few different ways:

  • through your employer if they offer testing
  • by collecting a home test kit from one of these pharmacies or testing locations
  • by ordering a home test kit online if you can't collect one locally

You do not need to book an appointment to collect home test kits.

What twice-weekly lateral flow testing involves

  • Take a test twice a week (every 3 or 4 days)
  • Report every result to NHS Test and Trace on the same day you take the test
  • Report your test result online or by calling 119

If you test positive you must get a PCR test to confirm the result. A negative result means the test did not find signs of coronavirus. But this does not guarantee you do not have coronavirus, so you should keep following all coronavirus advice where you can, including:

  • regular handwashing
  • social distancing
  • wearing a face covering where recommended
  • meeting people outdoors or in well ventilated spaces