Camden Council is offering symptom-free coronavirus testing for workers
From Tuesday 19 January, Camden Council is offering free Lateral Flow Tests for people who do not have Covid-19 symptoms and must leave the house for work. Tests will be available for people who live/work in in the borough and:
- cannot work from home and therefore have to leave their house to travel to work
- cannot access any form of COVID-19 testing from their employer.
Lateral Flow Tests have a 45 minute turnaround time and are specifically aimed at identifying people who do not have symptoms of COVID-19 but who may be infectious so could still pass it onto someone else. The tests help to protect them and other members of the community - particularly those at highest risk.
If you are an employer, and do not currently have your own testing facilities set up, we encourage you to share this information with your staff and work with them to support them to get tested during the centre's opening hours.
We are offering Lateral Flow Testing to our communities because we want to do all we can to keep people safe.
Accessing a symptom free Covid-19 Lateral Flow Test in Camden
Appointments for a Lateral Flow Test must be booked in advance via our online booking portal linked below. You can select from a number of timeslots throughout the day - test centres are open Monday to Friday, with appointments available as early as 7.30am and 7.30pm, depending on the site. Please bring ID with your name on to your appointment.
To get a symptom free test in Camden, please book an appointment.
More information on Lateral Flow Testing: when you receive your results
If you test positive, you must self-isolate, along with everyone you live with. This is to help prevent passing the virus on.
We know self-isolating can be difficult. If you need any support, we can help. Visit camden.gov.uk/coronavirus or phone 020 7974 4444. We can offer a range of support, including:
- help to apply for a £500 Test and Trace Support Payment - aimed at those on benefits or low income
- access to a device to support your child to keep up their education
- help to get hold of essential food or medicine if you live alone
If you test negative, please remember that this result only reflects your status at the time of taking the test. Cases of COVID-19 are very high across London so it’s important that you please keep following the public health advice to protect yourself and others.
If you develop coronavirus symptoms a Lateral Flow Test will not be suitable. If you are due to have a Lateral Flow Test and develop symptoms you must not attend the appointment.
Please book a free test at nhs.uk/coronavirus or call 119 where you’ll be given the option to book an appointment at a nearby test site or you can request a test kit be posted to you. Alternatively, you can book an appointment at Camden’s Ramsay Hall test site near Regent’s Park (W1T 5HB, no step-free access) directly with us by calling 020 7974 4444 (option 9).