Walk-in Covid testing near me – Where to get tested today

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Covid testing has become a part of daily life for many Brits, but as demand for tests surges availability of lateral flow test kits at pharmacies and online has become more and more patchy. Fortunately, there are thousands of Covid test sites across the country where you can walk in and get a PCR test. Here’s how to find your nearest centre.

A double whammy has led to a lack of availability of lateral flow tests across the UK.

Concerns over the highly transmissible Omicron variant and calls from the Government to get tested regularly have seen demand for tests soar.

There may be a lack of lateral flow tests, but we have a huge PCR testing capacity – on December 30 laboratories across the UK reported their combined testing capacity stood at a staggering 899,247 tests a day.

But this huge capacity isn’t being taken advantage of, as many Brits don’t realise how quick and easy it is to access these tests.

READ MORE: PCR tests tracker: Where you can get a PCR Covid test right now

These lines are usually open from 7am to 11pm but these times may vary on Bank Holidays.

If you have been online and found there are no available appointments to book, do not use this line to try and book a test, as the NHS states if this is the case are “no extra tests are available through the helplines.”

Who can get tested at walk-in Covid centres?

Anyone can use this service for free, but the NHS urges people to consider getting lateral flow tests where possible if they do not have symptoms.

PCR tests give a more accurate picture if you have Covid, so they are primarily designed for those who are more likely to have the virus.

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There are thousands of these providers throughout the UK, you can find your nearest travel test provider here.

When should you get a PCR test if you have symptoms?

The NHS states: “You need to get the test done in the first eight days of having symptoms.

“On days one to seven, you can get tested at a site or at home. If you’re ordering a home test kit on day seven, do it by 3pm.

“On day eight, you need to go to a test site – it’s too late to order a home test kit.”



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