1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not experience any symptoms and may be spreading the virus without knowing.
Rapid testing can detect cases fast, meaning positive cases can isolate immediately.
Making rapid tests available to everyone mean the detection of more cases. This breaks the chains of transmission and saves lives.
How to get a rapid test
Getting a rapid test is quick and easy. The expanded regular rapid tests for people without symptoms can be accessed in the following ways.
At a local community test site.
Testing at these sites is assisted, which means you will swab yourself under the supervision of a trained operator. Book your tests here.
Collecting a home test kit from a collection point
You can collect 2 packs of home test kits at a local collection point. Each pack contains 7 tests. Anyone 18 or over can collect. You do not need to make an appointment.
Through your employer, if they offer testing to employees
Your workplace may offer rapid lateral flow testing to you. Contact your employer to find out more.
Testing on-site at schools and colleges
Testing is available on school sites for staff and students and primary and secondary teachers, and secondary aged pupils will receive test kits directly from their schools.
Get tests delivered directly to your home. Do not order online if you can get a test through other methods. This frees up home delivery for those who need it most.)
Why use rapid testing?
To help identify Barnet residents who are not showing symptoms of COVID-19 but are infected, we’ve introduced rapid testing.
It takes approximately 30 minutes to receive the results of a rapid COVID-19 test. It can detect COVID-19 if you are infectious at the time the test is taken. The test cannot tell you if you have been infected in the past.
Your personal data
No one at the test site can view your personal details or your test results. This privacy notice has more information on how Barnet are processing personal data in relation to the pandemic.