Asymptomatic Testing is one of the best defences we have in stopping the spread of the new Omicron variant – rapid lateral flow tests are 80-90% effective at identifying COVID-19 in people without any symptoms. Taking a rapid lateral flow test before you go out to meet with others, especially anyone vulnerable, will allow people with a positive result to take actions to stop the spread of the virus.
All lateral flow rapid tests are free, and you get a result in 15 to 30 minutes. Residents without COVID-19 symptoms can have assistance to take a test from our Asymptomatic Testing sites including 18 Community Pharmacies across Merton, Centre Court Shopping Centre in Wimbledon and the Wilson Hospital.
If you are confident to take the test yourself, then you can collect up to two boxes of seven rapid tests to use twice a week at home from Merton libraries or participating pharmacies in the borough. However, if you are picking up from a pharmacy, you now need to get a collect code. Before you go to the pharmacy, simply use this service to get a collect code and then show the code when you collect your tests.
If you feel unwell with COVID-19 symptoms? Please isolate and take a PCR test immediately.