1 Carry out a test at home
Before you test
Demand for rapid lateral flow testing kits is currently high and supplies are regularly re-stocked. If you can’t get hold of a kit immediately, please keep trying.
Please do not leave a period of isolation in order to collect a rapid flow testing kit, whether you have symptoms or not. If you are looking to end isolation by taking a day 6 and day 7 test, it is recommended instead that you order a kit to be delivered to your home, or ask a friend, relative, or carer to collect a kit on your behalf.
Testing kits are different, so please read the instruction booklet carefully each time to make sure you’re testing correctly.
Order kits to your home
You can order free packs of rapid lateral flow test kits to be delivered direct to your home and carry out the test yourself when you don’t have symptoms.
Collect kits to test at home
You can collect test kits to carry out the test at home if you don’t have symptoms.
Collection points are available at community sites, pharmacies and rapid test sites across West Sussex, and you don’t need to book.
Use the site finder map to locate a collection point close to you. They are updated regularly as new sites come on board.
2 Book an assisted test
Assisted symptom-free tests are available at participating pharmacies and centres via the Sussex Community Testing Programme. You need to be 18 or over and living or working in Sussex.
If you don’t feel confident taking the test by yourself at home, or you are taking one for the first time, an assisted test is recommended as staff can answer any questions you may have.
This programme is run as a partnership between West Sussex County Council, East Sussex County Council and Brighton & Hove City Council.
You can use the site finder to locate a testing site or participating pharmacy close to you, or see the list of pharmacies below.
Before you take your first assisted test you will need to register your personal details so that results can be shared with you. This can only be done when you attend the site for your test. This is because you will need to enter the barcode of the test device to register.
If you own a smartphone, you can download the smartphone app below in advance, which will help to speed up the registration process.
Pharmacies offering assisted lateral flow tests
|Angmering||Lloyds Pharmacy||Angmering Medical Centre, Station Road, BN16 4HL|
|Arundel||Lloyds Pharmacy||The Arundel Surgery, Green Lane Close, BN18 9HG|
|Billingshurst||Lloyds Pharmacy||56 High Street, RH14 9NY|
|Bognor Regis||Day Lewis PLC||Maywood Healthcare Centre, 225 Hawthorn Road, PO21 2UW|
|Bognor Regis||Lloyds Pharmacy||3 Rose Green Road, Aldwick, PO21 3EU|
|Bognor Regis||Lloyds Pharmacy (Sainsburys)||Sainsbury's, Shripney Road, PO22 9NH|
|Burgess Hill||Day Lewis PLC||Gatehouse Lane, Sussex Way, RH15 9XB|
|Chichester||Stephens Pharmacy||7 The Ridgeway, Sherbourne Road, Parklands, PO19 3LA|
|Crawley||A Kassam Pharmacy||Gales Drive, Three Bridges, RH10 1QA|
|Crawley||Crawley Chemists||1st Floor, Cross Keys House, 14 Haslett Avenue West, RH10 1HS|
|Crawley||Day Lewis PLC||52 Ewhurst Road, West Green, RH11 7HE|
|Crawley||Geddes Chemist||211 Three Bridges Road, RH10 1LG|
|Crawley||Lloyds Pharmacy||4 Langley Parade, Langley Green, RH11 7RS|
|Crawley||Manning Pharmacy||9 Dorsten Square, RH11 8XW|
|East Grinstead||Lloyds Pharmacy||Brooklands Way, RH19 1DD|
|East Preston||Lloyds Pharmacy||19 Sea Road, BN16 1JN|
|Hassocks||Day Lewis PLC||12 Orion Parade, BN6 8QA|
|Horsham||Day Lewis PLC||The Park Surgery, Albion Way, RH12 1BG|
|Horsham||Day Lewis PLC||Unit 4 North Heath Lane, RH12 5PJ|
|Petworth||Lloyds Pharmacy||Market Square, GU28 0AH|
|Pulborough||Corden Pharmacy||Spiro Close, RH20 1FG|
|Shoreham-by-Sea||Greens Chemist||1-3 St Mary's Road, BN43 5ZA|
|Storrington||Lloyds Pharmacy||1 North Street, RH20 4DJ|
|Worthing||Kamsons Pharmacy||22-24 Broadwater Street West, BN14 9DA|
|Worthing||Lloyds Pharmacy||121-123 Rowlands Road, BN11 3LA|
|Worthing||Lloyds Pharmacy||14 Strand Parade, Field Place Estate, Goring-By-Sea, BN12 6DJ|
3 Other testing
Testing is still available through national schemes at specific settings such as workplaces, schools, colleges, universities and the care sector.
More information about testing in general is available on the NHS's Getting tested for coronavirus.
4 After you have had the test
Report your results
Please report every test result (positive, negative or void) every time you take a rapid lateral flow test.
Positive test result
You must stay at home and self-isolate for at least seven days if you test positive. You should also book a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test as soon as possible.
All members of your household may also need to self-isolate while you're waiting for your PCR result.
You can find more detailed information on GOV.UK's guidance for households with possible COVID-19 infection.
Negative test result
If you test negative this does not completely rule out infection with COVID-19, as there can be false negative results.
To protect yourself and others, you must continue to follow the current restrictions in place and remember: hands, face, space, fresh air.
- Hands - wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water often, and as soon as you get home. Use hand sanitiser or gel if soap and water are not available.
- Face - wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult and you will meet people you do not normally meet.
- Space - stay at least two metres away from anyone you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble.
- Fresh air - letting in air by opening a window can disperse COVID-19 particles, while fresh air outdoors dilutes the virus and you have more space to physically distance.
Support if you need to self-isolate
If you need to self-isolate, support is available from the West Sussex Community Hub.
You may also be eligible for support under the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme. See the GOV.UK website for full details about the scheme.
You can also get free delivery from your local pharmacy during your 10-day isolation period if you have no other way to get your medicines.
You will need your NHS Test and Trace account ID when requesting the service
5 Further information
Testing if you have symptoms
If you have any of the COVID-19 symptoms (fever, new persistent cough, or loss of taste or smell), you must self-isolate immediately and book a COVID-19 test. You can do this online or by calling 119. These tests are arranged specifically for people with symptoms and delivered in a way to avoid spread of the virus, so please make sure you make it clear that you have symptoms.
For more information, see Symptomatic testing.
Vaccinations and testing
Testing is in addition to the vaccination programme, which is led by the NHS. When you are invited to do so, it is extremely important that you book to have your COVID-19 vaccination.
You should still be tested if you are able to, even after you have been vaccinated.
Please also remember to stick to the hands, face, space, and fresh air guidance after your vaccination.
See the NHS website for more information about testing in general.
See the GOV.UK website for information and guidance on international travel.