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Lateral Flow Self-test Kits

Rapid lateral flow tests are only for people who do not have COVID-19 symptoms. Please do not go to your Community Pharmacy for lateral flow test kits if you have symptoms. If you have COVID-19 symptoms you need to self-isolate and book a PCR test.

Get rapid lateral flow COVID-19 tests if you do not have symptoms

The rapid coronavirus testing kits for people who are not displaying symptoms of the virus are available to collect from different locations across North Wales. 

The tests are easy to use and can give results in 30 minutes. As many as 1 in 3 people may have COVID-19 without displaying symptoms which means asymptomatic testing is an important means to keep people safe as restrictions are eased. 

It’s important that even those who’ve had the vaccine take use the tests twice a week as they could still carry the virus and pass it on to others.

When to do a lateral flow test

Lateral flow tests are available, free of charge to everyone in Wales. If you are over the age of 11 you are encouraged to take tests twice a week (every 3 or 4 days) if you do not have COVID-19 symptoms. 

You are also encouraged to take a test:

  • if you are going to be in higher risk situations including spending time in crowded or enclosed spaces
  • before you visit people who are at a higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19
  • you are travelling to other areas of Wales or the UK

Where to get LFD tests

Each person will routinely be able to collect two packs of seven LFD self-test kits. It is recommended that tests are undertaken twice a week with the results recorded on the UK Government portal.

  • Tests can be delivered to people's homes by ordering from the Welsh Government.
  • People can now get COVID-19 Lateral Flow Tests from most pharmacies in North Wales. To find out if a pharmacy near you offers this service visit the NHS111 website
Local LFD collection locations across North Wales:

 

 

About the rapid tests

  • The tests are easy to use and can give results in 30 minutes. It’s recommended the tests are done in the morning and 3-4 days apart. Read the step-by-step guide for COVID-19 self-testing before you start the test
  • If there is a positive lateral flow test result the person should self-isolate immediately and book a COVID-19 test (PCR test) within 24 hours by calling 119, online or via the NHS COVID-19 app.
  • If negative then another test should be taken 3-4 days later. However if coronavirus symptoms develop in that time a COVID test should be booked.
  • All tests results – negative and positive – need to be recorded on the UK Government portal.
  • More information about lateral flow tests can be found on the Welsh Government website.