Covid-19 testing

Covid continues to spread across Hammersmith & Fulham. We can all help stop it 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:

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 24hrs 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 open until the end of March and 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?

Book a test or walk-in at our fixed testing units

Book a rapid flow Covid-19 test

You are welcome to book repeat tests as long as you have not had a positive test result. 

A false negative can happen if you test soon after you have picked up the virus. For this reason repeated testing is more reliable than a one off test. To ensure greater reliability, you are welcome to book repeat tests provided these are 3 to 5 days apart and you have not had a positive result.

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

Walk-in only at our mobile testing units

Due to social distancing 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.

    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:

    Book a PCR Covid-19 test 

    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.

    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.

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