How to get a free Rapid COVID test

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Test centre closures - Our test centres at the Civic Centre and Greenhill Library Pavilion are closing from 1st October 2021, but 16 local pharmacies will continue to offer the same service - find your nearest test centre.

How to get a free Rapid COVID test

Testing for COVID twice a week, even though you feel fine, is now recommended for everyone over the age of 11.

1 in 3 people with COVID don’t show symptoms, so regular testing is essential to stop its secret spread. You should test twice a week even after being vaccinated.

Testing can help keep infection rates low.

Sixteen local pharmacies are offering an assisted testing service, where someone will help you process your test.

You can also test at home, these test kits can either be picked up from pharmacies or delivered to your home by post. More information about home testing kits can be found on the NHS website.

There are also pop-up locations around Harrow where you can be tested. Please note that pop-up locations move around the borough on a weekly basis.

Many workplaces, schools and colleges also offer testing. Whether you test a home or a pharmacy, you’ll get a positive or negative COVID result in about 30-40 minutes.

How lateral flow tests are being used to help us lift the lockdown:

Using a home test kit is quick and easy:

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When to book a free Rapid COVID test:

- you do not have any symptoms of COVID and

- you are over 11 years old (children between 11 and 15 years old must be accompanied to their test by an adult).

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When to book a PCR test instead of a Rapid COVID test:

- you have symptoms of COVID: a high temperature, a new continuous cough, a loss or changed to your sense of smell or taste.

If you have any symptoms of COVID you should book a free PCR COVID test instead.

Where can I get a Rapid COVID test?

Rapid COVID testing is available at 16 pharmacies throughout the borough.

Please note that if the days are greyed out on the calendar, it means that the booking slots for that day are fully booked or not yet available.

If you are using public transport, please be vigilant and follow social distancing guidelines wherever possible.

Pharmacy opening days and times
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Clock icon Test times - Various times available depending on the day between 9:00am and 7:30pm.

Book a Rapid COVID test at a Pharmacy

This week's pop-up testing locations

The pop-up testing locations in Harrow this week are shown below:

Friday 22nd October (10am - 5pm)

Town centre, other side of HSBC bank by the fruit and veg stand.

Saturday 23rd October (1pm - 8pm)

Town centre, other side of HSBC bank by the fruit and veg stand.

Tuesday 26th October (12pm - 7pm)

By Katie’s Statue, Harrow town centre, 311b Station Road, HA1 1LF

Wednesday 27th October (8am - 3pm)

Tesco, Station Road, Harrow, HA1 2TU

Thursday 28th October (11am - 6pm)

By Katie’s Statue, Harrow town centre, 311b Station Road, HA1 1LF

Friday 29th October (1pm - 8pm)

Lidl, 354 High Road, London, HA3 6HF (Report to Store Manager on arrival to record your vehicle registration number in order to avoid parking charge notices)

Saturday 30th October (10am - 5pm)

Morrisons, Hatch End, 299 Uxbridge Road, Pinner, HA5 4QT

Sunday 31st October (10:30am - 5:30pm)

Tesco, Station Road, Harrow, HA1 2TU