How to get a free Rapid COVID test

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.

Please remember to report your result at www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result
The information helps to reduce the spread of the virus and infection rates in the community as well as protect people at risk of severe infection. You should do this every time you use a rapid lateral flow test kit and as soon as possible after you have the result.

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

Pop-up testing locations

You can also collect free home test kits at one of our mobile Pop-up Information locations. The Pop-up schedule is published on this page and updated each week.

Monday 29th November (10am - 5pm)

Grenhill Library, Perceval Square, College Road, HA1 1GX

Tuesday 30th November (10am - 5pm)

Grenhill Library, Perceval Square, College Road, HA1 1GX

Wednesday 1st December (10am - 5pm)

Grenhill Library, Perceval Square, College Road, HA1 1GX

Thursday 2nd December (10am - 5pm)

Stanmore Library, 8 Stanmore Hill, HA7 3BQ

Saturday 4th December (12pm - 7pm)

Tesco, Station Road, Harrow, HA1 2TU

Sunday 5th December (10am - 5pm)

Tesco, Station Road, Harrow, HA1 2TU