Free Lateral Flow Tests

Rapid lateral flow testing for households and bubbles of school pupils and staff

Around 1 in 3 people with coronavirus (COVID-19) do not have symptoms but can still pass it on to others. Regular testing of people without symptoms (asymptomatic testing) is important to help stop the virus spreading. As lockdown restrictions gradually ease, we all need to play our part to help protect each other.

On Sunday 28 February 2021, the Department of Health and Social Care announced that from Monday 1 March 2021, households with primary school, secondary school and college age children, including childcare and support bubbles, can test themselves twice every week at home as schools return from Monday 8 March 2021. Households, childcare and support bubbles of primary, secondary and college staff can also be tested. Twice-weekly testing will also be offered to adults working in the wider school community, including bus drivers and after school club leaders. The twice-weekly test kits can be accessed:

Via employers if they offer testing to employees
Some employers may be offering lateral flow testing, please check with you employer to see if this option is available to you.
For example: If a member of a household provides works for a business offering Lateral Flow Testing then that business may provide the tests for that household member.

Take a test at a rapid lateral flow test site

You can have a rapid lateral flow test at a local site. Testing at these sites is assisted, which means you will swab yourself under the supervision of a trained operator.

You may need to book an appointment.

Find your nearest rapid lateral flow test site.

In Telford & Wrekin there are three lateral flow test sites:

  • The Place
  • Oakengates
  • The Anstice
  • Madeley
  • Cosy Hall
  • Newport

You can also have a test at the following local pharmacies:

  • J Hoots – Oakengates
  • Kitchings – Oakengates
  • Muxton Pharmacy – Muxton
  • Malinslee Pharmacy – Malinslee
  • Late Night Pharmacy – Newport
  • Anstice Pharmacy – Madeley
  • Priorslee Pharmacy – Priorslee
  • Lawley Pharmacy – Lawley

By collecting a home test kit from a PCR test site
You can collect up to 4 home test kits at a local collection point. Each kit contains 7 tests.
Collection points in Telford & Wrekin are located at the PCR testing centres, tests can be collected between 1pm and 7pm there is no need for an appointment you can just turn up.

Anyone 18 or over can collect. You can check online if the location is busy before you go.
Tests can be collected from any of the test centres shown on the NHS map (Find your nearest home test kit collection point).
Please note: The Oakengates location is the Walk In Centre on the Car Park, not the rapid test centre at The Place.

Find your nearest home test kit collection point.

By ordering a home test kit online.
If you cannot get tested at your workplace, or are unable to go to a test site or collect test kits, you can order a home test kit online.
Do not order online if you can get a test through other methods. This frees up home delivery for those who need it most.

Order rapid lateral flow home test kits

Schools should not give test kits to parents, carers or household members and should not order more test kits for this purpose. Information on where households can access testing will be made available for schools to share with parents and staff shortly.

Further information is included in the guidance.

Rapid lateral flow testing for households and bubbles of school pupils and staff