Who can get a rapid Covid-19 test
You can get a free rapid Covid-19 test if:
- you have no Covid-19 symptoms
- you live or work in Lambeth, this includes children over the age of 3 (further information below)
You cannot get a rapid Covid-19 test if:
- you have Covid-19 symptoms
- you are returning to the UK from overseas – for more information visit GOV.UK
If you have Covid-19 symptoms you should book a test at GOV.UK or by calling 119. The symptoms are a high temperature (fever), a new continuous cough, and loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.
Order kits for home delivery
You can order home kits for delivery by post to your home via GOV.UK. You can use this service if:
- you do not have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms
- you’re 11 or older
- you have not been told to self-isolate
- you cannot get tests from your work, school, college or university (ask them for rapid lateral flow tests)
Collect home kits from a local pharmacy
Many pharmacies in the borough now stock home test kits which can be collected without an appointment. You do not need to pay.
You can get tested at a local site or collect tests to use at home
You can get tested at one of our local test sites. You do not need an appointment, but you can book in advance if you wish.
You can collect rapid home test kits that can be used at home and give you a result within 30 minutes. You need to book in advance to collect them from one of our sites that offer this service.
|Test site||Opening hours||Home kit collection|
|Streatham Library||9am to 4.30pm, Wednesday to Sunday||Yes|
|St John’s Church Waterloo||8am to 10.30am, Monday to Friday||Yes|
|Mobile Testing Unit, Windrush Square, Brixton||9am to 2.30pm every day||Yes|
Book a collection of home PCR kits
Book a home test kit collection or an in-person test in advance, if you have no symptoms.
You must not visit the testing sites if you have any symptoms of Covid-19.
If you are late for an appointment, the centre will try to accommodate you, but you might have to wait for a short period if the centre is busy.
Children and young people can get tested using home test kits or in person
Testing is available for children aged 3 and over. All children aged 15 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. A parent or guardian will need to administer the test to children aged 11 and under.
Children aged 12 and over can take their own sample if they are able to do so or can be assisted by an adult. Only children who are getting a test should visit the testing sites.
How to take a test and what to do if you get a positive result
Find out more about the type of test you are interested in below.