Getting Tested

Coronavirus (COVID-19) tests are no longer free for most people. 

There are a small number of people who can still access free COVID-19 tests from the NHS.

If you cannot use the online service to order and you are eligible for free NHS tests, you can call 119 (free from mobiles and landlines).


most people.

Most people are no longer advised to get tested. 

If you still want to get tested and you're not eligible for a free NHS test, you must pay for a COVID-19 test yourself.

You can buy a COVID-19 test from some pharmacies and retailers, in person or online.

If you have a health condition which means you're eligible for COVID-19 treatments, you should be sent a COVID-19 test to use if you have symptoms. You can order free NHS tests yourself, if you have not received any tests yet or have used the tests you've been sent.

If you're going into hospital for surgery or a procedure

You may need to get tested if you're due to have surgery or a procedure.

Your hospital will tell you how to get a test. Contact your hospital department if you have any questions.

If you work in the NHS or in adult social care

You are eligible for free tests if you're:

  • NHS patient-facing staff

  • staff who deliver NHS services through an independent healthcare provider, and have direct contact with NHS patients

  • a social worker

  • a personal assistant

  • a Shared Lives carer

  • a Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspector