Booking a coronavirus test

Help and guidance to find the right test for you

There are two main types of Covid-19 tests. The first is symptomatic testing, also known as a PCR test. This is for people who are showing symptoms. 

The second is non-symptomatic testing, which means you must not be showing any symptoms when you visit one of our testing centres. This type of testing is often called lateral flow testing, or rapid testing.

Symptomatic testing

If you have symptoms – a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to your taste or smell – you must start self-isolating immediately, while you book your test.  

How to book a test

Tests must be booked in advance through the GOV.UK website, NHS app, or by dialling 119.

Book a Covid-19 test if you have symptoms

Non-symptomatic testing

Around 1 in 3 people with Covid-19 don’t have any symptoms, but they can still pass it on. You can get a quick free test at a local site in Lambeth to check if you have Covid-19, with results usually returned to you within an hour.

This community testing is a crucial part of our efforts to reduce cases in Lambeth. The rapid test also known as a lateral flow test will help to identify anyone who unknowingly has the virus, and enable those who test positive and their contacts to self-isolate, stopping the spread of the virus. The tests take around 15 minutes and you get your results usually within two hours of leaving the testing site via text or email. 

Book a rapid Covid-19 test if you have no symptoms

Enhanced coronavirus (COVID-19) testing - parts of Oval

Residents in some parts of SW8 and SW9 should get a COVID-19 test whether they have symptoms or not, after a case of the variant first identified in South Africa was discovered.

Get a test if you live in the enhanced testing area