All positive Covid-19 tests from our targeted testing, along with those from other targeted testing areas across the country are being sent for genomic sequencing to identify variants of the virus. This will help us to understand the local situation and at national level, any spread of Covid-19 variants.
You can still get tested if you have symptoms or are leaving home regularly for work or volunteering
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.
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.