Keep your loved ones safe and test for COVID-19 this Christmas season   

With Christmas fast approaching, please remember to take a rapid COVID-19 test before you go out to shop or meet up with friends and family. This helps to stop the spread of the virus because as many as one in three people can carry COVID-19 without experiencing any symptoms.   

Rates of COVID-19 are still high in Merton and regular testing is one of the best defences we have in stopping the spread of the new Omicron variant.  You can get a test at participating community pharmacies, Merton community libraries or at Centre Court Shopping Centre and the Wilson Hospital. All lateral flow rapid tests are free,  and you get a result in 15 to 30 minutes.  

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 community  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.    

Feel unwell with COVID-19 symptoms?  Book a PCR test immediately, and stay at home until you get the results. If positive, you must self-isolate for ten days.