COVID-19 rates are rising in Southwark

Please get tested twice a week and have both vaccine doses when you’re eligible

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Pharmacy testing

Book a free COVID-19 test if you don’t have symptoms (key workers only)

Book a free COVID-19 test at your local pharmacy

If you do not have symptoms, you can get a free lateral flow test at your local pharmacy. Results are normally available in less than one hour. You can book regular tests, three or four days apart, for greater reliability.

Children under the age of 16 will need to be accompanied by an adult for their test. We'll only test children who are 11 years of age or older. If you or someone in your household or support bubble studies or works in a school or college, you can get rapid tests to use at home.

Where are the testing sites

There are currently two pharmacies offering rapid testing in Southwark:

  • Jamaica Road Pharmacy - 182 Jamaica Road, London, SE16 4RT
  • Bonamy Pharmacy - 355 Rotherhithe New Road, Bonamy Estate, London, SE16 3HF

More pharmacies will be offering tests soon.

Who can get a test

Key workers can book a test at their local pharmacy by clicking on the link below.

Book a free test

When you should not book a test

Do not book a lateral flow test if you have COVID-19 symptoms. Book a free test on the government website if you have COVID-19 symptoms.

Do not book a lateral flow test if you've been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19; instead you must stay at home and self-isolate.

When you book a lateral flow test, we'll ask you for your:

  • name
  • postcode
  • date of birth
  • email address
  • phone number

Your details will be passed to NHS Test and Trace if your test is positive. You'll also need to book a confirmatory test at one of our PCR testing sites.

Book a free test

What to bring to your appointment

  • your booking confirmation
  • your smartphone (if you have one)
  • a face covering

How to prepare for your test

Avoid eating or drinking for at least 30 minutes before doing the test to reduce the risk of spoiling the test.

If you develop symptoms after booking a lateral flow test

You should only get a lateral flow test if you don’t have symptoms. If you develop symptoms, you should self-isolate and book an NHS PCR test instead.

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Page last updated: 12 April 2021

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