Testing for people without coronavirus symptoms
Everyone in England without symptoms can access free, rapid Lateral Flow Tests (LFT) 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 LFT 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 LFT tests?
Order your rapid test kits online at www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests.
You can collect your rapid LFT kits from the Market House in the Ancient Market Square in Kingston, open 7 days a week as a covid testing site and a community collect site, 9am-5pm.
Walk in test-sites
You can walk into one of our rapid test sites for people without symptoms, located at:
- The Market House, Market Square, Kingston
There is no need to book at these sites. However, if you would prefer to, you can book an appointment at one of our rapid test sites using this booking form.
There are also six pharmacies in the borough carrying out rapid LFT testing for people without symptoms:
- Eagercare, Surbiton Road, Kingston
- Newmans, Ewell Road, Surbiton
- PSM, Ewell Road, Surbiton
- Pearl Chemist, Tolworth Broadway, Tolworth
- Day Lewis Pharmacy, New Malden
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.
How does rapid testing work?
LFTs are free, fast and easy to use. They are also reliable. 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.
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 an LFT 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.
Make sure you follow the instructions in the LFT kit to submit your results online. Your test results will be sent to you via text message or email, depending on the information you share during registration.
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 PCR 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 from a Lateral Flow Test or get coronavirus symptoms, you should self isolate immediately, and book a free confirmatory PCR test.