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COVID home test kits to be available at Whitton Library

9 June 2021

From Thursday 10 June, Whitton Library is being added to the growing list of locations you can pick up home COVID-19 testing kits – helping to reduce the spread of the virus.

In a bid to keep COVID-19 out of the borough, by identifying those who have the virus and do not display any symptoms, all residents across Richmond upon Thames are encouraged to take a lateral flow test twice a week.  As case numbers are seeing an increase across London and in Richmond, this is particularly important. In addition, whilst there has only been a small number of cases identified locally with the new variant (Delta), it is highly likely that the variant is present in the community.

There are a number of places you can access a test if you don’t have COVID-19 symptoms, you can:

Collect a home test at a local library

Testing kits are available at the libraries in East Sheen, Hampton and Twickenham, and from 10 June in Whitton Library. View library opening hours

Book a supervised test at a local pharmacy

Eight local pharmacies in Teddington, Twickenham, Barnes, Ham and Richmond are offering supervised tests. This service is available for anyone aged 18 years and older. Appointments must be booked in advance. Operating hours vary between pharmacies.

Find out more and book at test at a local pharmacy.

Collect a home test locally

This includes local pharmacies or PCR testing centres. Find your nearest location.

Order tests online for free

For people who can’t collect tests from a local site, you can order a box of tests online, or through 119, which will be delivered to your home. 

Cllr Gareth Roberts, Leader of Richmond Council, said:

“Though the light is at the end of the tunnel with the continued roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine, the emergence of this new variant proves we can’t let down our guard.

“We need anyone not showing COVID-19 symptoms to play their part and take a test. It will be no great surprise that the new variant has emerged somewhere in Richmond upon Thames. And whilst we all want restrictions to be eased, we must nip this in the bud – it is not a cause for huge concern, but it is a cause for caution, and a reminder that we all need to follow the rules and not drop our guard.

“Home testing kits are quick and easy to use, they protect our local communities as we continue to look forward. So, if you are visiting one of the participating libraries – don’t just pick up a book, pick up a test!”

Up to: June 2021

Updated: 9 June 2021