Test kits for families or households with school or college students Click to get info
All families and households with primary school, secondary school or college-aged children and young people can collect free rapid lateral flow home test kits from one of our local test sites below.
These sites are open every day between 1.30pm to 7pm for those who do not have symptoms of coronavirus.
- Stanley Road car park, Leyton E10 7EQ
- Linford Road car park, Walthamstow E17 3LS
- Church Lane car park, Leytonstone E11 1HG
You can collect 2 packs of home test kits and each pack contains 7 tests.
Anyone 18 or over can collect.
Order home tests online
If you’re unable to go to a test site to collect test kits, you can order free rapid lateral flow test kits online to be sent to your home.
This service is only for people who cannot go to rapid lateral flow test sites, for example if you cannot drive or get someone to take you there.
Order rapid lateral flow home test kits.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs) Click to get info
Do I have to get a test?
No, the tests are not mandatory but we encourage everyone to get tested regularly, especially if you can't work from home. By getting tested you will be able to help protect your family and friends if you are found to have the virus. You’ll also be helping to stop the spread of the virus in the borough and protecting the health of everyone.
Do I have to book to get tested?
No, you can just turn up at one of the test sites during the opening times.
I think I may have Covid-19 and I’m showing the symptoms for the virus. Should I get tested?
Yes, please visit one of our mobile test sites for those with symptoms. However, you should not travel to the test site by public transport. If you can't get to a test site safely, you can book an appointment or a home test online or by calling 119.
I’m feeling slightly unwell but my symptoms are not those associated with Covid-19. Should I get tested just in case?
Yes, there is a chance it could be Covid-19 and by getting tested you can be sure, and you’ll be able to protect your loved ones.
What should I bring with me?
Please bring some identification, a face covering (unless you are exempt) and a Wi-Fi enabled electronic device to register your test with the NHS Test and Trace website. You may also wish to bring a bottle of water for after the test.
What does the test involve?
The test involves taking a swab of the inside of your nose and the back of your throat, using a long cotton bud.
You can do the swab yourself (if you are aged 12 or over) or someone can do it for you. Parents or carers have to swab test children aged 11 or under.
How will I find out my results?
You will receive an e-mail and/or a text message with your test results from NHS Test and Trace. Only you will receive the results.
What should I do if I’ve had a test and haven’t had my result?
You should get your test results within an hour or so. It’s very rare that you wouldn’t get your results at all but if this happens, please take your test again until you get the result.
What happens if I test positive?
If you receive a positive test result from NHS Test and Trace you will need to follow the government guidelines and self-isolate for 10 days.
Can I get financial help if I test positive?
You may be able to get financial support if you have to self-isolate and stop working. Please see our Test and Trace Self Isolation Support Payments page for more information.
Watch a Covid-19 webinar on testing, vaccines, and more Click to get info
On 3 March we hosted a covid-19 webinar on Facebook live with latest information on local data, testing, vaccines and more.
Hosted by Clare Coghill (Leader of the Council), Dr Ken Aswani (Local GP and Chair of Waltham Forest Clinical Commissioning Group), and Joe McDonnell (Director of Public Health), you can watch the event here: