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

You can get regular rapid tests if you do not have symptoms of coronavirus (Covid-19).

Why you should get tested regularly

About 1 in 3 people with Covid-19 do not have symptoms but can still infect others.

You should do a rapid test twice a week (every 3 to 4 days) to check if you have the virus. If people test positive and self-isolate, it helps stop the virus spreading.

About rapid tests

The test for people without symptoms of Covid-19 is called a rapid lateral flow test.

This usually involves rubbing a long cotton bud (swab) over your tonsils (or where they would have been) and inside your nose.

The tests can give you a result in 30 minutes. They use a device similar to a pregnancy test and do not need to be sent to a lab.

You can do a rapid test at home or at a rapid lateral flow test site.

If you test positive, you and anyone you live with will need to self-isolate.

Who can get a rapid Covid-19 test  

Anyone who does not have symptoms can get regular rapid lateral flow tests to check for Covid-19.

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. 

How to get regular rapid tests

Collect free home test kits from a pharmacy

You can collect packs of rapid tests from local pharmacies. Each pack contains 7 tests.

When you do a test at home, you’ll need to report your result online or on the phone, whether the result is positive or negative.

You do not need an appointment to collect test kits. 

Find a pharmacy to collect tests from 

Collect free home test kits from a test site

You can collect packs of rapid tests from either of the two test sites listed below. Each pack contains 7 tests.

Each time you do a test at home, you’ll need to report your result online or on the phone, whether the result is positive or negative.

You do not need an appointment to collect test kits. 

Order free home test kits online

You can order a pack of 7 rapid tests for delivery by post to your home.

Each time you do a test at home, you’ll need to report your result online or on the phone, whether the result is positive or negative.

Order test kits at GOV.UK

Bulk rapid tests for businesses, organisations and groups

Regular testing of a group that work or gather together can help stop the spread of the virus, but also help provide reassurance and confidence for the organisation as well as its visitors or customers. Free rapid home test kits can be collected in bulk from the Lambeth Civic Centre in Brixton for providing to your staff, volunteers or community members.

The minimum quantity is a box of tests containing packs for 56 people. Collection is available on Mondays and Wednesdays in morning or afternoon timeslots. To order, fill out the simple online form below and choose a date and timeslot to collect.

As boxes of 56 packs are bulky (roughly the size of a cardboard archive box), a vehicle or cargo bike may be advisable. Collection is from the Civic Centre’s Buckner Road entrance (off Acre Lane) and a loading bay is available. The postcode for navigating to this entrance of the Civic Centre is SW2 1RW. 

Order bulk tests

Go to a test site or pharmacy

We offer rapid testing in person at some test sites and pharmacies in Lambeth. Anyone aged 3+ can use this service. Common reasons for getting tested in person are: 

  • to get support from a trained helper before you begin taking regular tests at home
  • because you have been asked to take a supervised test, for example because you are attending an event

You do not need an appointment to get an in-person test, but you can pre-book at the sites run by Lambeth Council below if you prefer.

Test site location Opening hours Home kit collection  
Streatham Library
63 Streatham High Road, SW16 1PN
9am to 4.30pm, Thursday and Friday Yes  

Brockwell Park, mobile testing unit near Brockwell Park Café, SE24 0PA

9am to 2.30pm every day

Yes  

You can get a rapid test in person at the following pharmacies, you do not need an appointment. To collect home test kits from pharmacies, see ’Collect free home test kits from a local pharmacy’ above.

Pharmacy location Name Address Opening hours

Brixton

Kingshield Pharmacy

387 Brixton Road, SW9 7DE

9am to 6.30pm, Monday to Friday. 9am to 6pm Saturday

Clapham

Boss Pharmacy

85 Bedford Road, SW4 7RD

9am to 6.30pm, Monday to Friday. 9am to 1pm Saturday

Clapham

Vitelow

26 Clapham Road, SW9 0JG

9am to 6.30pm, Monday to Friday. 9am to 5pm Saturday

Clapham

Fairlee Pharmacy

26 Queenstown Road, SW8 3RX

9am to 7pm, Monday to Friday. 9am to 6pm Saturday

Gipsy Hill

Sefgrove Chemist

3-5 Westow Hill, SE19 1TQ

9am to 6.30pm, Monday to Friday. 9am to 6pm Saturday

Kennington

Hills Pharmacy

99 Kennington Lane, SE11 4HQ

8.30am to 1pm, 2pm to 6.30pm Monday to Friday. 9am to midday Saturday

Oval

Medimex Pharmacy

222 Kennington Park Road, SE11 4DA

9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday. 9am to 1pm Saturday

Stockwell

Harfleur Chemist

219 Clapham Road, SW9 9BE

9am to 7pm, Monday to Friday. 9am to 5pm Saturday

Streatham

Touchwood Pharmacy

240 Streatham High Road, SW16 1BB

9am to 7pm, Monday to Friday. 9am to 2pm Saturday

Streatham

Day Lewis

9A Gracefield Gardens, SW16 2SZ

8.30am to 7pm, Monday to Friday. 9am to 1pm Saturday

Streatham

Copes Pharmacy

570 Streatham High Road, SW16 3QQ

9am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday

Planning your visit to a test site

  • you must not visit a test site 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. 
  • 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.

Read more about home test kits

Read more about taking a test in person