Covid-19 testing

Updated 4 November 2021

There are several different ways to get a Coronavirus test in Kent and Medway, depending on where you live and whether or not you have coronavirus symptoms.

Even if you don’t have symptoms, you should now get tested twice a week, especially as lockdown restrictions are easing and you may be leaving the house more frequently.

Around one in three people with Covid-19 have no symptoms, so please get tested regularly to make sure you are not unknowingly spreading the virus.

Order tests online

If you order online, you can get rapid lateral flow test kits sent to your home.

If you do tests at home, you'll need to report your results online or on the phone.

Order rapid lateral flow home test kits on GOV.UK

Pick up tests to do at home

You can pick test packs from a test collection point near you.

From 3 July 2021, some test sites will stop providing home test kits for collection. But you'll still be able to pick up tests from pharmacies and collection points run by community organisations, like libraries.

If you do tests at home, you'll need to report your results online or on the phone.

Find where to get rapid lateral flow tests

Go to a test site

You can get tested at a rapid lateral flow test site.

If you go to a test site:

  • you will need an appointment, so check before you go
  • a trained helper might be able to help you do the test
  • you'll get a text or email with the result when it's ready

Find where to get a rapid lateral flow test

If you need a test to travel, it will be a PCR test which needs to be paid for privately. PCR tests for travel are not available at via the options above.

If you have any of these 3 coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, even if mild, use this service to get a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test as soon as possible:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • you’ve lost your sense of smell or taste or it’s changed

You can order a PCR test through the national service. A kit can be sent to your home or you can book an appointment at a walk-in or drive-through test site.

Order a PCR test online

If you have symptoms, you must immediately self-isolate. Do not leave home until you get your test results, except to post a test kit or for a PCR test appointment. Other members of your household may also need to self-isolate, depending on their age and vaccination status.

More information on Covid-19 testing

  • If you live in Kent, visit Kent County Council’s website to find out how to get tested.
  • If you live in Medway, visit Medway Council’s website to find out how to get tested.

Local hospitals, GP surgeries and walk-in centres are not doing Covid-19 tests for the general public. Please do not go to local health services to ask for a Covid-19 test.

If you would like to contact the national testing programme or raise a complaint about Covid-19 testing, please contact the Department of Health and Social Care on 020 7210 4850 or fill in their online form.

Order Covid-19 tests online

Covid-19 testing for HGV drivers using the Port of Dover or Eurotunnel

There is a different process for testing for HGV drivers using the Port of Dover or Eurotunnel. Find out more on the gov.uk website.

Check the latest Government guidance on Covid-19 testing.

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