COVID-19


Find out more on how to get a Covid-19 vaccination and the vaccination programme here.

While you’re no longer legally required to self-isolate if you have Covid-19, you should try to stay at home and away from others to avoid passing on the virus if you have it.

Covid-19 testing for the general public has now ended. Lateral flow tests are available for purchase from pharmacies and online.

Everyone is encouraged to continue following simple steps to stay safe:

  • Get vaccinated – protect yourself and others
  • Ventilate your space – ventilate and let fresh air inside
  • Wear a face covering where appropriate – especially if you are around people outside your household
  • Wash your hands regularly – for at least 20 seconds

There are a small number of people who will still be able to get free Covid-19 tests from the NHS.

If you have a health condition that may put you at the highest risk of becoming seriously ill if infected by Covid-19, you may be eligible for Covid-19 treatments.  If you are eligible, make sure you have some rapid lateral flow tests at home so you can test quickly if you get symptoms of Covid-19.  If you do not have tests at home or need more tests, you can order free Covid-19 rapid lateral flow test kits yourself.

If you have any symptoms of Covid-19, you should take a rapid lateral flow test as soon as possible, even if your symptoms are mild.  You will need to report your test result to the GOV.UK Covid-19 test result website so the NHS can contact you if your result is positive and you are eligible for the Covid-19 treatments.

Do not use a test you have bought from a supermarket or pharmacy, you will not be able to report a result from a privately-bought test kit.  You must report your Covid-19 rapid lateral flow test result on the GOV.UK Covid-19 test result website.  If you cannot report your test result online, you can call 119 free of charge.

Find out more about how to report test results and what happens next.

If you have not been contacted:

If you have not been contacted with 24 hours of registering your positive test result and you think you may be eligible for Covid-19 treatments, call your GP surgery, specialist or 111.  You cannot get help for this online. 

Your GP, specialist or 111 will be able to make an urgent referral if needed.

If you are eligible, these treatments will only be offered only at:

The North East London (NEL) local Covid-19 Medicine Delivery Unity (CMDU), provided by Barts Health NHS Trust at Gerry Bennett Ward, Mile End Hospital, Bancroft Road, London E1 4DG, e-mail: bartshealth.nmabs@nhs.net, telephone: 0208 121 4378

You may need to get tested if you're due to have surgery or a procedure. Your hospital will tell you how to get a test. Contact your hospital department if you have any questions.

You are eligible for free tests if you're:

  • NHS patient-facing staff

  • staff who deliver NHS services through an independent healthcare provider, and have direct contact with NHS patients

  • a social worker

  • a personal assistant

  • a Shared Lives carer

  • a Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspector

If you work in care homes, domiciliary care, extra care and supported living services, and adult day care centres, you can also get free NHS tests. Find out more about free NHS tests if you work in adult social care on GOV.UK


Updated: 06/12/2022