Testing in Redbridge

A photograph of two LFDs and a swab against a black background.
Friday, 14 January, 2022

From 11 January, people who receive positive lateral flow device (LFD) test results for coronavirus (COVID-19) will be required to self-isolate immediately and won’t be required to take a confirmatory PCR test. This is a temporary measure while COVID-19 rates remain high across the UK.

Whilst levels of COVID-19 are high, the vast majority of people with positive LFD results can be confident that they have COVID-19

Redbridge council is making LFD test kits available to the following groups:

  • Any resident with a text or email from the NHS test and trace service, dated within the last week, that indicates they have been in contact with someone with COVID
  • Front line workers which include:
    • All NHS staff
    • Emergency services (Police, Firefighters, Ambulance)
    • School staff
    • Redbridge street cleansing and passenger transport workers
    • Health and social care workers
    • Nursery staff.

Distribution is limited to 1 box of 20 kits per resident and they are available at Redbridge Central library, Hainault library and Woodford library while stocks last.

The staff at the sites will ask for the appropriate ID if you are a key worker. Please provide your key worker identification when collecting your tests.  

Other residents without COVID-19 symptoms can collect COVID-19 tests from 50 pharmacies in Redbridge. Find one here.

To collect an LFD test kit you will need to:

  • register for a collect code here or via 119 prior to making a collection from a pharmacy
  • receive no more than two test kits per request
  • be 16 years or older.

You can also get a rapid test at Redbridge Central Library, Ilford IG1 1ZJ on Monday to Saturday, 10am - 5pm (last test 4:45pm).

If you test positive and self-isolate, it helps stop the virus from spreading. Even if you are vaccinated, there’s still a chance you can pass COVID-19 on, so you should continue getting tested regularly.

If you are identified as a close contact of someone with a positive case of COVID-19, and you are fully vaccinated you must take a PCR test as soon as possible.

For those with symptoms, you can get a PCR test in the following ways:

More information about PCR tests can be found here


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