Testing and contact tracing

Rapid testing

From 9 April, everyone in England without symptoms can access free, rapid coronavirus tests twice a week to check whether they unknowingly have the virus.

One in three people who have coronavirus don’t have any symptoms, yet they are still infectious and can pass it on to others without realising. Alongside the vaccine rollout, regular twice-weekly testing for all is at the heart of plans to reopen society and the economy, helping to suppress the virus and control the spread of variants. 

If you do test positive for coronavirus, we can support you with food and medicine deliveries, financial support and support with your health and wellbeing. Find out more.

Where can I get my rapid tests?

Order online
Order your rapid test kits online at www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests.

Community Collect
You can collect your rapid test kits from the following local test sites between 2.30pm and 8pm daily, including weekends:

  • Milner Road, Kingston
  • Cocks Crescent, New Malden

You can also collect tests at several local pharmacies. Find a pharmacy near you.

Book an appointment 
Book an appointment at one of our rapid test sites using this booking form

Our rapid test sites for people without symptoms are located at:

  • Kingston University, Penryhn Road Campus 
  • Market House, Market Square, Kingston 

There are also four pharmacies in the borough carrying out rapid testing for people witout symptoms:

  • Eagercare, Surbiton Road, Kingston
  • Newmans, Ewell Road, Surbiton
  • PSM, Ewell Road, Surbiton
  • Pearl Chemist, Tolworth Broadway, Tolworth

You can find all the testing sites near you, and see which sites are busy, on the NHS mapping tool. Try to avoid busy testing sites. 

If you are unable to work from home, you can get tests from your employer. Those in households with a school, nursery or college age child are encouraged to keep up with regular testing.

How does rapid testing work?

Rapid are free, fast and easy to use. They are also relaible. They pick up 7 out of 10 positive cases of coronavirus, which means 7 out of 10 people who would be out in the community potentially spreading the virus can self isolate at home. You are also very unlikely to get a false positive result - only 1 in 1,0000 tests are false positives. 

Rapid tests are carried out using Lateral Flow Devices (LFD). These rapid turnaround tests give results in 30 minutes, without the need for laboratory processing. The test involves taking a swab of your tonsil area and one nostril.  If you are go to a test site to have your test, you will need to wear a face covering (unless exempt), maintain a 2 metre distance from others, and sanitise your hands on arrival at the test site and prior to performing the swab. Your test results will be sent to you via text message.

If you have any coronavirus symptoms (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, loss or change in your sense of taste or smell), you should self-isolate and book a test through the national test booking system at nhs.uk/coronavirus or call 119.

What do I do if I test positive?

If you test positive or get coronavirus symptoms, you should self isolate immediately, and book a free confirmatory PCR test.

Last Modified: 14/04/2021 16:38:51