Symptom free COVID-19 testing

Around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 don’t have symptoms.

Symptom-free testing is available for everyone in England. The government recommends that you test yourself regularly. This is especially important if:

  • you leave home to work
  • have children attending school
  • mix with others outdoors

Regular symptom-free testing can help identify people who are spreading the virus without knowing.

Get an assisted symptom-free test

If you would like someone to do your test for you, you can book an assisted test at a participating community pharmacy.

Lateral flow testing at home

You can pick up lateral flow tests from various locations across the county. There is no need to book. Find a site near you, visit during the open hours and collect your self-test kits:

Find where to get rapid lateral flow tests

If you can’t get to a test site, you can order test kits to be delivered to your home.

Demand for rapid lateral flow testing kits is currently high and supplies are regularly re-stocked. If you can’t get hold of a kit immediately, please keep trying.

About the lateral flow test kits

Test kits are different so please read the instruction booklet carefully each time to make sure you’re testing correctly.The test kit has instructions on:

  • how to take the test
  • how to record the test result
  • what to do if you test positive

Report your results

If you do tests at home, you’ll need to report your results, whether positive or negative, online or on the phone.

Report a symptom-free COVID-19 test result

If you test positive, you must self-isolate. 

Support if you need to self-isolate

If you need to self-isolate, support is available from the community hubs.

Control the virus

You can help to control the virus:

  • Self-isolate immediately and get tested if you think you may have the virus.
  • Rapid lateral flow testing is available for free to anybody. Around 1 in 3 people with the virus have no symptoms.
  • If your lateral flow test is positive, you should self-isolate.
  • If you test positive for coronavirus, share details of people who’ve been in close contact when the NHS Test and Trace service get in touch with you.
  • Practice social distancing where possible.
  • Wear a face mask in shops or enclosed public spaces.
  • Wash your hands regularly.
  • Let fresh air into homes and workplaces.
  • Keep up to date with the latest government guidance for England.