How to get tests

From 16 April, you can pick up self-test kits at Pontypool, Old Mill Car Park from 8am to 1pm daily.

Each person can collect 2 packs of 7 LFD self-test kits for home use. You do not need an appointment. Test centres are open for collection 7 days a week.

The rapid lateral flow tests are only suitable for people who do not have coronavirus symptoms. If you have COVID-19 symptoms you need to book a PCR test.

About the rapid tests

The tests are easy to use and can give results in 30 minutes. It’s recommended the tests are done in the morning and 3-4 days apart.

If there is a positive lateral flow test result the person should self-isolate immediately and book a COVID test (PCR test) within 24 hours by calling 119, online or via the NHS COVID-19 app.

If negative then another test should be taken 3-4 days later. However if coronavirus symptoms develop in that time a COVID test should be booked.

All tests results – negative and positive – need to be recorded online at

Find out more about how COVID-19 lateral flow tests work and their role in the testing programme.