Covid-19 Testing and Contact Tracing

Rapid testing

Rapid tests are for people who do not have COVID-19 symptoms. Anyone in Newham can get free rapid tests to do at home – whether you live, work, study or volunteer here.

We recommend you do a test twice a week, three to four days apart. This will help pick up a COVID-19 infection early and reduce the risk to others.

The tests are safe and easy to use, and the results come back in under 40 minutes.

Where can I get home test kits?

Changes to ‘Pharmacy Collect’ Service  

Free rapid lateral flow testing will continue as announced in the Government’s Autumn Winter Plan. This includes the Pharmacy Collect service which will continue to the end of December but with a change as to how you collect a test kit.

In England, to support the need for increased traceability of test kits, people will be encouraged to get a ‘Collect Code’ before picking up rapid flow tests from pharmacies. This can be done online at or by calling 119. 

How do I do the test?

Home tests are quick and easy and can offer a more convenient way of testing regularly. You can watch a video on how to do a COVID-19 Self Test (rapid antigen test) below: