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Lateral Flow testing for the general population

The Government is asking all people aged 11 and over to take a lateral flow (asymptomatic) test before attending any public get togethers and events where they will come into contact with different people.

How to get a box of home tests

Please use the national online portal for ordering in the first instance. Kits are free and will be posted to you direct. Alternatively, find a pharmacy near you that offers lateral flow devices.

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

What lateral flow testing involves

  • 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 do not at this time need to 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
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