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Pick up a book and a COVID-19 test whilst at a local library

26 May 2021

It’s easier than ever to access home testing kits in your local community as three libraries in Richmond upon Thames will be handing out home tests from Tuesday 1 June. 

In a bid to keep COVID-19 out of the borough, and identify those who have the virus and do not display any symptoms, all residents across Richmond upon Thames can access rapid lateral flow tests from a number of local locations – including libraries, enabling them to test themselves twice a week.

Cllr Gareth Roberts, Leader of Richmond Council, said:

“I am pleased we are able to announce community collection points at public libraries, making it easier than ever for residents to access home testing kits. It is vital that we all get tested regularly to limit the spread of COVID-19.

“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!”

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

Collect a home test at a local library

Testing kits will be available from 1 June at the libraries in East Sheen, Hampton and Twickenham. Check their 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. Book a test at a local pharmacy

Collect a home test locally

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

Order them online for free

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

Further information

View more information about testing in Richmond upon Thames.

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Up to: May 2021

Updated: 26 May 2021