Guide: How to do a rapid lateral flow test at home

Find out how to do a COVID-19 rapid test at home for yourself (or someone else) and report the results. Rapid tests are only for people who do not have symptoms of COVID-19.

Video: how to do a rapid test at home

There’s separate information on how to do a PCR test on NHS.UK. This is the type of test you usually do if you have symptoms of COVID-19.

What to do when you get your result

Find out what your result means and what you need to do on NHS.UK.

Report your result

You should report all test results (positive, negative or void) as soon as you do the test, or if this is not possible, within 24 hours. You can do this online on GOV.UK.

Reporting all results helps the NHS better understand the spread of COVID-19. Scientists use the information to spot outbreaks more quickly and accurately, helping reduce the risk of future lockdowns.

You can also report results by calling 119 (free from mobiles and landlines).

Lines are open every day, 7am to 11pm.

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