How to Access Rapid Testing
Regular, rapid tests are available twice a week for anyone without symptoms, and help to identify non symptomatic cases earlier
There are two types of rapid test available, for details on how to use each type visit the government website.
There are several ways to get a rapid test
Rapid tests are for people without symptoms. If you are experiencing symptoms please isolate and book a symptomatic test via the NHS website or call 119.
To get a rapid test to do at home
You can collect up to 2 packs of 7 tests from a local pharmacy or test site. Find your nearest available location.
You can collect rapid test kits from a number of local sites in Sutton. You do not need to book an appointment but please check opening times before you go as some sites are only open in the afternoon
You can order a pack of 7 kits to be delivered to your home. Order online or call 119 (lines are open 7am to 11pm and calls are free)
To get a rapid test at a testing site
Residents can also access supervised testing at designated sites.
You may also be able to get rapid testing through your employer or school
All employers with 10 or more employees can provide rapid testing to their staff. Ask your employer about the arrangements they are putting in place. If you are an employer, find out more about employer testing
Care sector staff can find more information about testing on the Sutton Care Hub
Staff in educational settings and secondary school pupils will get test kits via their organisations.
What is rapid testing?
What to do if you get a positive rapid test
If you get a positive test result, you and your household should self-isolate and arrange a COVID-19 test via nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119 (This is a PCR test that will confirm whether or not you have the virus). If the result of your PCR test is negative, both you and your household can stop self-isolating.
Negative test results
A negative result means the test did not find signs of COVID-19. But this does not guarantee you do not have COVID-19, so you should keep following all coronavirus advice and current guidelines including: HANDS, FACE, SPACE and FRESH AIR.