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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 and make a full return to normal life more likely.

You can test at 18 sites across Harrow, including at many pharmacies.

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.

Book your appointment below or just drop in. You can also test at home, home test kits can either be picked up or delivered by post. More information about home testing kits can be found on the NHS website.

Many workplaces, schools and colleges also offer testing.

However you test, 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).

You can book a free Rapid COVID test using our online booking form below.

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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?

So long as you do not have any COVID symptoms, Rapid COVID testing is available at the locations listed below during the specified dates.

Find out how you can get a home testing kit on the NHS website.

Rapid COVID test site Location
The Pavilion Harrow
Civic Centre (Building 5 and 6) Harrow and Wealdstone
Local Pharmacies Various locations

The Pavilion next to Greenhill Library - Harrow

Rapid COVID testing is available at The Pavilion (which is next to Greenhill Library) located at: Greenhill Library Pavilion, Unit 1, Bryant Apartments, Perceval Square, College Road, Harrow, HA1 1GX.

Calendar icon 4 Test dates - Monday to Friday.
Clock icon Test times - Various times available depending on the day between 9:00am and 4:00pm.
Car icon Visit by car - If you plan to visit by car, you can park in the multi-storey car park above St Anne's shopping centre which charges £2.00 for stays of up to two hours.
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Visit by public transport - If you plan to visit by train, the closest train station is Harrow-on-the-Hill (Underground). Visit the TfL website for bus routes to Harrow-on-the-Hill.

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

When you arrive at The Pavilion please follow the signs to the testing centre.

Civic Centre (Buildings 5 and 6) - Harrow and Wealdstone

Rapid COVID testing is available at the Civic Centre located at: Station Road, Harrow, HA1 2XY.

Calendar icon 4 Test dates - Monday to Friday (closed on Tuesdays)
Clock icon Test times - Various times available depending on the day between 8:00am and 5:00pm.
Car icon Visit by car - If you plan to visit by car, you can park for free in the Civic Centre car park signposted in front of buildings 5 and 6.
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Visit by public transport - If you plan to visit by train, the closest train station is Harrow and Wealdstone (Underground and Overground). Visit the TfL website for bus routes to the Civic Centre.

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

We have private booths available at this location should you want complete privacy for the duration of your test. Please ask a volunteer at this test location for more information.

How can I book a Rapid COVID test?

To book a Rapid COVID test you will need to select a day and a 10 minute slot to have your test completed.

When you make a booking online you will receive a confirmation email for your test slot. Please check your junk or spam folder if you do not receive the email as it may be in there.

Please note that you should only book a free Rapid COVID test if you do not have any symptoms of COVID and are over the age of 11.

Children who are between the ages of 11 and 15 years old who wish to be tested must be accompanied by an adult or their test will be cancelled.

For more information about the testing procedure for children please make sure that you have read our COVID test guidance for parents and guardians of children aged 11 and 15 years.

Book a Rapid COVID Test in Harrow

 

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.

Booking a Rapid COVID test at a local Pharmacy

Rapid COVID testing is available at various Pharmacies throughout the borough.

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

Calendar icon 4 Test dates - Mondays to Sundays (depending on pharmacy)
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:

  • Tuesday 14th September (11am - 4pm)

Flash Musical Theatre, HA8 6EZ - Food bank

  • Wednesday 15th September (12pm - 5pm)

Harrow on the Hill town centre, 26-28 St Ann's Road, Harrow (near HSBC)

  • Thursday 16th September (10:30am - 5pm)

Harrow on the Hill town centre, 26-28 St Ann's Road, HA1 1LF (near Katie's statue)

  • Sunday 19th September (10:30am - 4:30pm)

LIDL carpark, 354 High Road, HA3 6HF (Please report to the Store Manager upon arrival to record the vehicle registration numbers in order to avoid any parking charge notices.)

  • Tuesday 21st September (11am - 6pm)

Morrisons carpark, 299 Uxbridge Road, HA5 4QT (Please report to the Store Manager upon arrival to record the vehicle registration numbers in order to avoid any parking charge notices.)

  • Wednesday 22nd September (1pm - 8pm)

ASDA, 469-491 Northolt Road, London, HA2 8JN (Please report to the Store Manager, Yaw Kusi upon arrival to record the vehicle registration numbers in order to avoid any parking charge notices. Please park in the click and collect bays.)

  • Thursday 23rd September (12pm - 7pm)

Semi-circle bu HSBC bank, 26-28 St Ann's Road, HA1 1LA.

  • Friday 24th September (9am - 4pm)

Harrow on the Hill town centre, 26-28 St Ann's Road, HA1 1LF (near Katie's statue.)

  • Saturday 25th September (10am - 5pm)

ROXYFest family fun day, Roxbourne Park, Canons Lane, HA5 1JF

  • Sunday 26th September (10am - 5pm)

Kites and Bikes, Harrow Recreation Ground, Roxborough Road, HA1 1PB