Covid-19 testing

We can all help stop the spread of Covid-19 by getting a test. This helps identify cases and stop the spread in the home and in the community.

One in three infected people show no symptoms. To keep peace of mind, free coronavirus tests can be booked for everyone in H&F aged 12 and older. 

If you are aware of anyone seeking a test without online access or do not have an email address, please call our CAN helpline on 0800 145 6095 for assistance with booking.

There are two types of test so please make sure you select the option below that applies to you:

  1. Covid-19 tests for people who don't have symptoms 
  2. Covid-19 tests for people who do have symptoms

Covid-19 tests for businesses

Covid-19 tests for businesses to help keep employees safe

Covid-19 tests for people who don't have symptoms

If you’re not experiencing symptoms, you can get a free rapid Lateral Flow Test (LFT) at the sites listed below.

Test results are usually received within two hours, however sometimes it can take up to 24 hours for results to be received. If you do not receive your results within 24 hours you can call the CAN team.

You can book a test at some of our test centres, or you can walk in.

Our test centres are only available for adults and children aged 12 upwards. Please wear a mask or face covering when you arrive.

VIDEO: How do the rapid Covid-19 tests work?

If you test positive for coronavirus, you must follow government guidelines, stay at home and self isolate. 

You are welcome to book repeat tests provided these are 3 to 5 days apart and you have not had a positive result.

Book a test or walk-in at these testing units

Book a rapid lateral flow test (for people who do not have symptoms)

Sands End Arts and Community Centre and Shepherds Bush Library test centres have now closed.

Walk-in testing unit - no need to book

Our Lady of Fatima Church testing unit has now closed.

Our testing staff will hand you the test but are unable to administer it for you. Therefore if you think you will need assistance doing this, please attend the test centre with another person who can do this for you. Watch this video for instructions on how to do the self-swab test.

Collect a home test kit from your local pharmacy

Residents can now collect home test kits from a choice of 38 pharmacies in the borough. Each box contains seven tests so this will last about 3 weeks if testing twice a week. You can collect a maximum of 4 boxes per visit if the pharmacy has available stock.

Find where to get rapid lateral flow tests to find a pharmacy near you where you can collect a home test kit.

Please make sure to test yourself twice per week and report any positive results as per instructions that come with the test. 

    Covid-19 tests for people who do have symptoms

    If you have symptoms and want to get tested, you need to book for a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test at an NHS testing centre in H&F. Once you have booked your test you can attend any test centre. For example, even if it says Brent, you can still get tested at the H&F testing site.

    The sites listed below offer a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests. It takes some time to get the results because they are usually processed in a laboratory. Many people get their result the next day, but it may take up to 3 days. It is important that you get a PCR test if you have symptoms.

    Test sites offering PCR tests for people with symptoms:

    Phoenix Leisure Centre and Fulham Pools testing units have now closed.

    Book a PCR test (for people with symptoms)

    Or you can book a test through the NHS Covid-19 app or over the phone by calling 119. The phone booking service runs from 7am to 11pm. 

    Visit NHS: Coronavirus (Covid-19) for more information about testing.

    Please note:

    • You must book an appointment to attend these centres.
    • Please wear a face mask and keep 2 metres distance from staff and other people who are being tested at all times while you are at the testing centre.
    • You can attend the centres in your car or on foot at your appointed time.
    • If you have symptoms, you must self-isolate until you attend your test.

    Get coronavirus tests for business employees

    The deadline for registering to order free rapid lateral flow tests for business employees was 12 April. If you've not registered you cannot order free tests. You can choose to:

    Surge testing

    On 1 February 2021 the government announced that additional testing would be made available in several locations, none currently in H&F, where the Covid variant first identified in South Africa had been found. This variant is one which spreads more rapidly, but does not at present result in a more severe or different disease. 

    Find out more about surge testing for new coronavirus variants

    Frequently asked questions

    For more information, please see our Covid-19 testing frequently asked questions.

    Parking

    There is no off-street parking available at the testing centres. To find out about on-street parking at any of the centres please see our parking pay and display web page or click on the parking zone link show in the testing centre details above. 

    Targeted testing of asymptomatic frontline workers

    We are testing asymptomatic frontline workers working in nursing homes, care settings and in GP practices in the borough. Find out more about the H&F testing operation.

    Self-isolation support scheme

    Support payment scheme for people who are told to self isolate.

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