Guidance on coronavirus
(COVID-19) testing, including who is eligible for a test and
how to get tested.
You can get a swab
test to check if you currently have COVID-19. Anyone with
coronavirus symptoms can get a test.
Anyone with symptoms can get a COVID-19 test,
whatever their age. Coronavirus symptoms are;
- A high temperature
- A new, continuous cough
- A loss or change to your sense of smell or
If you do not have symptoms, you
This advice applies to home swab test kits
that are sent to a lab for processing (PCR tests).
Once you’ve taken your sample, you must
register it via the link below so that we can send your results
If you had a rapid lateral flow test, you
should get your result in 30 minutes after taking the test.
You can report your result online or by
calling 119 (free from mobiles and landlines).
We also ask that you report negative and invalid
results: this helps the NHS to monitor the spread of the virus
and support communities across the UK.
You do not need to report the results of tests
that are processed at our labs (PCR tests).
You may need to get tested if you’re
due to have surgery or a procedure.
The hospital will arrange this for you. Contact
your hospital department if you have any questions.
If you’re an essential worker and
have symptoms of COVID-19, you’re prioritised to get
a test for COVID-19 through the self-referral portal.
See the list
of essential workers prioritised for COVID-19 testing.
Employers should direct essential workers to
the self-referral portal to get a prioritised test as the
employer referral portal is now closed.
We’ve established a network of drive-through
and walk-through test sites for people with COVID-19 symptoms.
Test sites are open 7 days a week. If you have symptoms you
a test at a site near you online or by calling 119.
Around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have
any symptoms. Anyone can now get regular rapid lateral flow
tests without having symptoms. You can go to a rapid lateral
flow test site to get a rapid test.
out about regular rapid tests if you do not have symptoms
Covid-19 cases are very high and are on
the rise across every area of Waltham Forest. Testing capacity
in Waltham Forest has been increased in Watham Forest to make
it easier for residents to get tested. Mobile Testing Units
have been set up at various locations and we have recently
introduced the Jubilee Centre.
These sites are part of the community testing
programme and offer a Lateral Flow Test (LFT) which allows
people who have no symptoms to know if they may be infected.
It's a rapid test, and you can get a result on the same day.
All of our other sites listed below offer a
Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests. It takes some time
to get the results because they are usually processed in a
laboratory. Many people get their result the next day, but
it may take up to 3 days. It is important that you get a PCR
test if you have symptoms.
The nearest testing sites to the Langthorne
Medical Centre are;
- Church Lane car park, Leytonstone E11 1HG
(Please note: this site is walk-in only), which is open
every day from 8am to 8pm
- Stanley Road car park, Leyton E10 7E (Please
note: this site is walk-in only), which is open every day
between 7am to 9pm
- Jubilee Centre, Cathall Rd, Leytonstone,
E11 4LA, entrance via the car park, which is open every
day 10am to 7pm (unless otherwise stated)
- Leyton Cricket Ground, 2 Crawley Road, Leyton,
E10 6RJ, entrance is at the corner of Leyton High Road and
Crawley Road, which is open every day 10am to 7pm (unless
You can visit a mobile testing centre but you
should not travel by public transport. Alternatively, you
can book an appointment or a home test online or by calling
119. You can just turn up at one of the locations listed above
for a test which are not mandatory. However, by getting tested
you will be able to help protect your family and friends if
you are found to have the virus. You’ll also be helping
to stop the spread of the virus in the borough and protecting
the health of everyone.
You will receive an e-mail and/or a text message
with your test results from NHS Test and Trace. Only you will
receive the results, outlining the results of your test, if
you receive a positive test result from NHS Test and Trace
you should begin self-isolating. The government has now reduced
the time you have to isolate from 14 days to 10 days.
When coming in for a test, please bring some
identification, a face covering (unless you are exempt) and
a?Wi-Fi enabled electronic device to register your test with
the NHS Test and Trace website. You may also wish to bring
a bottle of water for after the test.
Home test kits can be delivered to your
door so you can test yourself and your family without leaving
You can have a live video call with specially
trained NHS Test and Trace staff to help you register and
take a home COVID-19 test. Download the free Be
My Eyes app for IOS or for Android
and go to the ‘specialised help’ section.
people get their result the next day but it can take up to 3
days. Anyone with symptoms can get a test online or by calling
Find out about regular
rapid tests if you do not have symptoms on NHS.UK.
How and when you get your results depends
on the type of COVID-19 test you’re taking. Follow the
instructions that come with your kit carefully to ensure you
take the right steps for the kit you’re using.
If you’re visiting someone at a
care home, you may be offered a rapid COVID-19 test when you
arrive. The care home you’re visiting will provide you
with the test kit. The test can tell if you’re infectious
or not within 2 hours.
You’ll also be asked to put on protective
clothing (PPE) as an additional step to help protect vulnerable
residents. The degree of contact you can have with a care
home resident will also depend on the care home’s own
regulations and on national restrictions.
Mobile testing units travel around the
UK to increase access to COVID-19 testing. They respond to
need, travelling to test essential workers at sites including
care homes, police stations and prisons.
New units are being brought into operation each
NHS capability is being increased by providing
test kits directly to ‘satellite’ centres at places
like hospitals that have a particularly urgent or significant
NHS Testing within an NHS facility such
as a hospital is available for patients and some NHS workers.
Across all these testing methods, there is a
network of couriers who collect the completed samples and
deliver them safely to one of our laboratories. The swab samples
are analysed at our labs and the result is communicated back
to the individual.
We aim to return test results within 48 hours
of a swab being taken, or within 72 hours for a home test.
updated on Friday 29th October 2021
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