How the COVID-19 lateral flow test kits work
Pick up your free rapid test kit from your local LloydsPharmacy in England.
Follow the instructions in the box to collect your sample at home.
Get your COVID-19 test result in 30 minutes.
Who is this service for?
You can only use this service if:
- You don't have coronavirus symptoms
- You live in England
- You're 18 or older
- You've not been told to self-isolate
- You can't get tests from your work, school college or university
How much does a test kit cost?
Tests kits are free, and can be collected from your local LloydsPharmacy in England.
How do I take the test?
You’ll need to take a sample from the back of your throat, near your tonsils, and from your nose using the swab included. The swab is then dipped in a solution which is then dripped onto the lateral flow test paper pad. This generates a reading and your result.
Frequently asked questions
What do my results mean?
Your results will be visible in 30 minutes, use the instructions in the box and this guide below to read your results.
- If your result is negative you’ll see one line next to the C.
- If your result is positive there will be two lines, these may be faint. There will be a line next to the C and one next to the T.
- If your result is void there will be no lines or one line next to the T.
What do I do if my result is positive?
What does a negative result mean?
A negative result means that an active coronavirus infection was not detected at the time you took the test. Therefore it is likely that you were not infectious when the test was done but you must continue to follow Government guidance and social distancing.
Where can I take the test?
You’ll need to take your test somewhere you can comfortably take a swab from your nose and throat. Ideally take your test at home away from other people, in case you have a positive result.
Who can use a COVID-19 lateral flow test kit?
- Adults with no COVID-19 symptoms
- Children with no COVID-19 symptoms (Children who go to primary school or younger children do not need to test.)
Do I need to report my test results?
Yes, you should report your results if they’re negative or positive. Reporting your results helps the NHS find out where asymptomatic cases of COVID-19 are increasing or decreasing. They can then use your result to help keep everyone safe.
You can either register your results online or call 119. If you have a positive result, you’ll need to self-isolate and order or book a PCR test to confirm your results.
How many rapid tests can I get?
You can collect a box of 7 rapid tests for you to use at home twice a week from your local LloydsPharmacy in England. We’ll be able to give you 2 boxes of 7 tests, if you’re collecting on behalf of another person, so you and your family can regularly test at home. Up to 4 boxes may be provided per person, and this is at the discretion of the pharmacist.
Can I collect a box of rapid tests for somebody else?
Yes, you must be over 18 to collect rapid tests from your local pharmacy in England, however tests may be available for those under 18 at the pharmacist’s discretion. These tests can then be used by your family or members of your household including children. Children who go to primary school or younger children do not need to test.