Updated: Jun 17
Where can I get a free COVID test near me?
Hive Pharmacy in Surrey are providing official CVOID lateral flow testing, as part of the NHS Test and Trace testing programme for asymptomatic residents.
You will receive an NHS Test and Trace email and SMS with your result. This can be shown when attending venues such as Football Stadiums.
This result can also be accepted by some holiday destinations such as Portugal. Please check up to date information on the Home Office website.
Hive Pharmacy, Staines,(near Heathrow Airport) Postcode: TW18 1PJ
What are the types of COVID testing?
There are two types of COVID-19 tests. The most common is the PCR test, which detects the virus's genetic material and is processed in a laboratory. PCR tests are offered to those with symptoms by the NHS. PCR tests for those without symptoms can also be booked privately, and may be required for international travel, usually called fit to fly.
The second type is a lateral flow test which detects an antigen in those with the virus. These results are fast because they do not need a laboratory to process the result. Lateral flow tests are medically validated, provide trusted results and have undergone rigorous evaluation to make sure they are safe for use. These tests are for those without COVID-19 symptoms.
What is the Lateral Flow COVID test?
Lateral flow testing is a fast and simple way to test people who do not have symptoms of COVID-19, but who may still be spreading the virus. The tests are easy to use and give results in 30 minutes. Around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms, so a test that rapidly detects these otherwise hidden cases is a very useful additional tool for tackling the virus.
Why should I get tested if I have no symptoms?
Up to 1 in 3 people are walking around without symptoms and are spreading coronavirus. Our testing programme of asymptomatic people is to reduce the occurrence of spreading COVID in Surrey.
When should I get a COVID test?
We recommend that people come and get tested on a twice weekly or otherwise regular basis. Everyone is welcome to come in for a COVID test at Hive Pharmacy Staines. There is a booking system that is operated by Surrey County Council, but we are also happy to accept walk in's, so turn up anytime.