Lateral Flow Device (LFD) testing

What are LFD tests and who can use them?

LFDs are used for asymptomatic testing. This is an additional tool to identify COVID-19 cases, contain the virus and prevent its transmission.

Households, childcare and support bubbles of primary and secondary-age pupils and staff can now take twice-weekly lateral flow tests to support the reopening of schools.

More information about how to get a rapid lateral flow tests from Community Collect may be found on the Coronavirus Community Testing pages.

Anyone with symptoms of Covid-19 should follow the self-isolation guidance and seek a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test.

Should I also have a PCR test?

It is a requirement to have a confirmatory polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test following a positive lateral flow device (LFD) test taken at home or at an Asymptomatic Test Site (ATS), such as those situated in some workplaces, universities, secondary schools and colleges.

  • This means that staff, pupils or students receiving any positive LFD test result should immediately follow the isolation advice for themselves, their household and close contacts and must seek a confirmatory PCR test.
  • You can now also have a PCR test if you are a close contact of a confirmed case.
  • View the GOV.UK Guidance 

Booking a PCR test

You can now book a PCR test if you have symptoms or you are a close contact of a positive case.

Please visit the GOV.UK coronavirus testing page and see the instructions below on how to book a PCR test online if you are a close contact.

Testing process

  • The first question asks if the individual is a key worker - tick "no"
  • The next question asks about whether the individuals has symptoms - tick "no"
  • The next question asks about whether the individual has been asked to have a follow up test - tick "no"
  • The next question asks if you are part of a government trial - tick "no"

The next gives a number of options including: "I've been told to get a test by my local council, health protection team or healthcare professional" - tick this option and then it should take you through all the other questions required for booking a test.

Reporting positive tests

Please find information on how to report positive tests below

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