As part of the Government’s Living with COVID plan, free universal testing (which includes lateral flow tests and PCR), ended on 1 April 2022.

End of testing

Free lateral flow tests are no longer available in local libraries or pharmacies and the PCR testing sites across the borough have now closed. 

A few groups will still be entitled to free testing, such as people going into hospital for surgery or a procedure and those working in the NHS or social care. Information is available on the NHS testing webpage.

If you want to get tested and you're not eligible for a free NHS test, you must pay for a COVID-19 test. You can buy these online and from some pharmacies and high street shops.

What to do if you have coronavirus symptoms

While you’re no longer legally required to self-isolate if you have symptoms of COVID-19, or test positive, you should try to stay at home and away from others to avoid passing on the virus.

The symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • A high temperature
  • A new continuous cough
  • Loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

For more information visit the NHS website.

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