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How to get tested for COVID-19.

As part of the Government's next steps in the Living with COVID-19 Plan, free testing for the general public ended on 1 April 2022.

Free COVID-19 tests will continue to be available to help protect specific groups however. These include:

  • patients in hospital
  • people eligible for COVID-19 treatments (you will be contacted directly)
  • NHS and adult social care staff and those in other high-risk settings.

Buying a COVID-19 test

You can buy a COVID-19 test from some pharmacies and retailers in person, or online using the GOV.UK links below:

Do not call 119 or try and order from the portal unless you are in the eligible high-risk group as you will not be able to get a test this way. You cannot order tests from NHS 111 or 999.

For more information on the latest changes to testing, visit the NHS web pageĀ Changes to testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) in England.

Last updated:
16 June 2023
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