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, get tested regularly

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 WITH NO symptoms (Rapid LFT test) 
  2. Covid-19 tests for people WITH symptoms (PCR tests)

Covid-19 tests for people WITH NO symptoms

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

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 LFT 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 come for repeat tests provided these are 3 to 5 days apart and you have not had a positive result.

Walk-in LFT testing sites

Please call our CAN helpline on 0800 145 6095 if you need any advice about getting a test.

  • Consent forms and what happens when you come for your LFT test

    Consent forms for under 18s

    16-18 year olds will need to read and sign a consent form before taking a test. Parents and guardians will need to give consent for children aged 12-15 to have a test.

    Please print out and bring the completed consent forms with you to your appointment. If you can’t print out and complete the consent form(s) in advance, we will have a small number available at the test centre which you can complete when you attend your appointment.

    Covid-19 test consent form for 16-18 year olds (pdf 147KB)

    Covid-19 test consent form for parents and guardians of children 12-15 years old (pdf 149KB)

    What happens when you come for a test?

    Arrival

    Please arrive 5 minutes before your allotted time and wear a face covering (unless exempt).

    When you arrive you may need to wait in line. Please maintain social distancing and keep 2 metres apart from the people in front and behind you.

    Before you enter you we will ask you to use hand sanitiser to clean your hands.

    Check-in

    Next, you will need to check-in, show any completed consent form and register with the NHS for a test using your smartphone. If you do not have a smartphone, a device will be sanitised for you to use.

    This is so you can be allocated a unique barcode that will anonymously link you to your test swab, and let you receive the result of your test and further guidance if it is positive.

    Please bring your NHS number with you (if you have it) to help speed up the check in process.

    What is an NHS number? - (www.nhs.uk)

    Taking the test

    Next, you will be given a test kit and shown to a booth. One of our staff will then guide you through the process of taking your own swab. This involves stroking a sterile swab against your tonsils and also partway up your nostril. 

    When you have finished, you will need to place this swab into a test tube that a member of staff gives to you.

    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.

    Leaving

    When you have finished you must leave the test centre whilst your sample is processed. There is no waiting area available - if you have come with other people from your household, you will need to meet up with them away from the test centre.

    Within the next 45 to 60 minutes, you will receive a text message or email with your results and any guidance about further action that may be required.

    What to do if you don't receive your test results 

    If you don’t receive your test result within 24 hours, please call the H&F CAN team on 0800 145 6095. Have the barcode you were given at the test centre handy so they can look up your result. CAN is open from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Sunday.

Collect a home test kit from your local library, pharmacy or leisure centre

Residents can now collect home test kits from our four main libraries - Shepherd’s Bush library, Askew Road library, Fulham library and Hammersmith library.

You can also collect a test from a choice of 38 pharmacies in the borough as well as the Phoenix Fitness Centre and Janet Adegoke Swimming Pool in Bloemfontein Rd, Shepherds Bush, and the Hammersmith Fitness and Squash Centre in Chalk Hill Road.

Find where to get rapid lateral flow tests

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 WITH symptoms

    If you have symptoms it is important that you get a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test at an NHS testing centre in H&F. 

    You and your household should also self-isolate and only leave the house to go and get tested. When leaving the house to get tested, you should wear a face covering, and drive or walk to the site and must NOT use public transport or a taxi.  

    Book an appointment at a PCR testing site.

    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:

    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. 

    Or order a test by visiting Get a free PCR test to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19) - GOV.UK or by calling 119

    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

    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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