Rapid test booking

As many as 1 in 3 people have Covid-19 without any symptoms and these people can spread the virus without knowing. By getting a Covid-19 no symptoms rapid test we can identify these people and they can isolate reducing virus spread.

Who can use the no symptoms rapid test site?

You can use this form to book a free no symptoms rapid test if you do not have coronavirus symptoms.

When the site is less busy you may be able to get a ‘walk-in’ test.

Walk-in tests at the Civic Office are subject to availability and if the site is busy, you may be asked to come back at a less busy time or to book online.

Testing is open to all ages. Please be aware this is a self-swabbing site for those aged 12 or over, therefore, you will complete the throat and nose swabbing yourself (if aged 12 to 15 with parental supervision) at the testing centre. If aged under 12 a parent or guardian must complete the throat and nose swab for their child. There are test assistants present to advise if needed.

A written consent form is required to be completed by a parent or guardian of all children aged under 16 when attending the site. People aged 16 or 17 will be required to complete a written consent form themselves when attending the site. Children aged under 16 will not be admitted to the testing site without a parent or guardian present.

Twice-weekly free Covid lateral flow tests are now available to everyone in England without Covid symptoms, as recommended by the government and public health experts.

There are now a range of options for getting a free lateral flow test in Bexley.

Coronavirus symptoms? 

Do not book a test if you are self-isolating or have any of the following symptoms: 

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • loss or change of smell or taste.

Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms. View more coronavirus symptoms. If you do have coronavirus symptoms book a NHS test.

Your test appointment

  • If you develop coronavirus symptoms, do not attend your test appointment. Use the link in your confirmation email to cancel your appointment.
  • Do not arrive more than 5 minutes before your appointment.
  • You must check-in when you arrive at the test centre. Our staff will give you a barcode to register and explain how to do this.
  • You must wear a face covering, unless you are exempt.
  • Follow social distancing guidance.

What you’ll need to bring with you

You will need to bring:

  • your mobile phone
  • a face covering (unless you are exempt)

No symptoms rapid testing site

The Civic Offices rapid test centre will close at 1pm on Saturday 17 April as a mark of respect for the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh. The site will reopen again on Sunday 18 April morning at 11am

Location Type Opening dates Opening times
Bexley Civic Office
2 Watling Street
Bexleyheath
DA6 7AT
Covid-19 no symptoms rapid testing site (lateral flow test) Monday to Saturday 9am to 7.30pm
Sunday 11am to 4.30pm

This testing site will be much busier than usual and opening hours will vary from 5 March to 14 March as some pupils returning to secondary schools in the area will be getting tested. You can find the location of other rapid testing centres at NHS COVID Test Finder.

No symptom rapid tests in pharmacies

From 12 March some pharmacies in Bexley will be offering free no symptom rapid tests. 

There will be no need to book a test in advance.

The first pharmacies offering this free service are:

Location Opening days Opening times
Barnehurst Pharmacy
87 Barnehurst Road, 
DA7 6HD
Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm
Saturday 9am to 1pm
Belvedere Pharmacy
11 Picardy Street,
DA17 5QQ
Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm
Saturday 10.30am to 1.15pm
Hayshine Pharmacy
54 Wrotham road 
Bexley 
DA16 1LN
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday  9am to 6pm
Wednesday and Saturday 9am to 1pm
Olins Pharmacy
3 The Oval,
Sidcup
DA15 9ER
Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm
Saturday 9am to 5.30pm
Ormay Chemist
224 Bexley Road, 
DA8 3HD
Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm
Saturday 9am to 1pm
Praise Pharmacy
146 Long Lane, 
Bexleyheath, 
DA7 5AH
Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5pm
(Limited availability 1pm to 2.30pm)

What the test involves

The test involves taking a swab of the inside the back of your throat (tonsils) and inside a nostril, using a long cotton bud.

You will do the swab yourself in a bay. A testing assistant will be on hand to talk you through how to take the swab if needed. The bays will be cleaned thoroughly after each use.

After your test

You should get your result within 1 hour of completing the test, through the contact details you supply (email or text). You should not stay at the testing centre. The result message will give you further advice about what to do next.

If your test is negative, it is likely you were not infectious for Covid-19 when the test was done and you can continue to follow current government guidance. You can repeat the symptom-free rapid covid test at most every 3 days. If you develop symptoms of covid-19, even if on the same day of the symptom-free rapid covid-19 test you must self-isolate and order a laboratory coronavirus test (book a NHS test).

If your lateral flow test is positive or you have coronavirus symptoms:

Occasionally the test does not work and you will receive a Void result. If this happens you can return to the test site and repeat the test once. If this test is also void you will need to book a confirmatory laboratory test.

Before you book

You must book a separate appointment for each member of your household that needs a test.

To book a test you must:  

  • confirm you're eligible
  • confirm you do not have coronavirus symptoms
  • provide your name and contact details (email address)

Please take care when entering your email address as a confirmation email will be sent. Please check your Junk email folder if you do not receive the confirmation.

Book Covid-19 no symptoms rapid test

You are advised to read the Privacy Policy before booking.

Privacy Notice - Free Covid-19 no symptoms rapid test booking

Information you need to know:

The London Borough of Bexley is the Data Controller for your information along with the NHS and the Department for Health and Social Care, who are also Data Controllers independent to The London Borough of Bexley. This privacy notice explains how we use your personal information and your rights regarding that information

What information are we collecting?

The Council will collect the following information in order to register you on the booking system

  • First and last name
  • Email address
  • Category of test you fall into a key worker, household contact of a person positive for coronavirus or other.

Why are we collecting your data?

For the purpose of scheduling your appointment to attend at a testing centre to take a non-symptomatic Coronavirus (COVID-19) test (also known as an asymptomatic test or lateral flow test).

How we will use this data?

Collected personal data is used to register you on the booking system.

The Council does not use the information to verify the identity of individuals, nor does it match the data we collect with your NHS medical record prior to the test. The Council does not have access to:

  1. any information to identify you when you attend for the test,
  2. the information that you input into the NHS registration portal
  3. your test result or notification that you receive from the NHS.

Please note that the Council’s activity is separate to your personal information being collected by the NHS and Department of Health and Social Care. Your personal information relating to test registration and results is processed by NHS Test and Trace. Information about how they will use your data can be found here.

What is the legal basis for processing the data?

The Council’s processing of personal data for the purposes described above is on the lawful basis of public task in Article 6(1)(e) in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR): processing is “necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority”.

How long is your data kept for?

We will only keep your personal data for as long as is necessary for the purposes for which we are processing it unless we are under a legal obligation or have another legitimate reason for keeping it longer.

It is not possible at this stage to estimate the duration of the pandemic or how long the Council may need to keep your data. We will take account of guidance from the Government to ensure a co-ordinated approach with other organisations.

Personal data held by the Bexley Council will be securely deleted or destroyed once we no longer have a legitimate reason to keep it.

What rights do you have in relation to our use of your data?

You have a number of rights that you may exercise in relation to your personal data. Some of the rights do not apply automatically and may not be available in certain circumstances where a lawful exception applies.

  • You have a right to access your personal data. You can request a copy of the personal data that we hold about you and ask us to explain how we use your data.
  • You have a right to object to processing of your personal data. You have an absolute right to stop your data being used for direct marketing. In other cases where the right to object applies, we may be able to continue using your data if we have a compelling reason for doing so.
  • You have a right to request the restriction or suppression of your personal data.
  • You have a right to have your personal data erased, if we no longer have a legitimate use for it. This right is sometimes called the ‘right to be forgotten’.
  • You have a right to rectification of your personal data if the information we hold in relation to you is inaccurate or incomplete.
  • You have a right not to be subject to any decision based solely on automated processing, including profiling, which produces legal or similarly significant effects. You can request human intervention or challenge any solely automated decision-making that significantly affects you.

Where can you get advice or make a complaint?

Please contact complaints@bexley.gov.uk to exercise any of your rights, or if you have a complaint about why your information has been collected, how it has been used or how long we have kept it for.

GDPR also gives you the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority. The supervisory authority in the UK is the Information Commissioner who may be contacted on 03031 231113.