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Get a Covid-19 test

Testing is one of the measures that can help us stay safe and protect each other by stopping the spread of Covid-19 in our communities. This page gives you guidance about the importance of testing, when and which test to get, and how you can get tested.

What test to get and when 

Get rapid, lateral flow tests regularly, especially before mixing with others. These help detect coronavirus and can help prevent you from passing the virus on to others.   

If you are fully vaccinated and identified as a contact of someone with Covid-19 – whether Omicron or not – you should take a rapid lateral flow test (LFT) every day for seven days to help slow the spread of Covid-19. If you get negative LFT results, you should limit close contact with other people outside your household, especially in crowded or enclosed spaces and with anyone who is more vulnerable. For advice on the latest guidelines about self-isolating visit the NHS website. 

Get a PCR test and self-isolate if you have symptoms of Covid-19, even if they’re mild, or you’ve been in close contact with someone who’s tested positive. 

NHS Test and Trace will advise you if you need to self-isolate.

You also now need to get a PCR test if you have been abroad and are coming into the UK. For the latest information, visit the Gov.UK website, including extra guidance on international travel and the international red list.  

How to get tested

You can order lateral flow tests from Gov.UK or by calling 119 to collect from a pharmacy or to get delivered to your home. Each box of tests contains seven tests. 

You can also see which pharmacies you can pick up a lateral flow test from, on the NHS website, and there are community sites listed below where you can also go to get a LFT test. 

You can get PCR home tests or book an appointment at a walk-in or drive-through site via the Gov.UK website or by calling 119. There are walk-in PCR testing sites at the Sobell Centre and the Vibast Community Centre.

Book an LFT in Islington

Collection sites for lateral flow tests

As well as the pharmacy sites on the NHS website, you can collect a testing kits from these local community sites:

  • 222 Upper Street: Monday to Friday, 10am - 2pm
  • Andover Community Centre: Friday, 2 - 5pm
  • Brickworks Community Centre: Monday to Friday, 11.15am - 3.15pm
  • St Luke's Community Centre: Central Street, Wednesday, 1 - 4pm and Friday, 12 noon - 3pm
  • Mildmay Community Centre: Friday, 11am - 2 pm
  • Ringcross Food Bank: Monday and Friday, 12 noon - 4pm
  • St Mary's Church, Ashley Road: Wednesday, 6.30 - 8pm.

Stocks of tests have been low in recent times, however, if you can't get hold of a testing kit, please try again later. 

Reporting test results

If you get a positive LFT result, make sure you self-isolate and report your result via gov.uk and follow national guidance. You do not need to follow up with a PCR test to confirm infection - this is a temporary measure. 

Financial support 

If you have to self-isolate and cannot work as a result of this, you may be eligible for support. Please go to our Financial support page for more information.

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