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Book a COVID-19 lateral flow test

We are offering free, rapid lateral flow COVID-19 tests to anyone whose job or volunteering work requires them to leave the house and be in contact with others, including people caring for others, either paid or voluntary.

Use this service to book a free lateral flow test.

Before you start

Do not book a lateral flow test if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 such as a:

  • new and continuous cough
  • high temperature
  • loss of, or change to, your sense of taste or smell

If you are experiencing any of those symptoms you should use the GOV.UK website to arrange an NHS test.

If you are a front-line worker who has regular contact with the public in your working week, testing twice weekly is advisable.

If you visit less frequently, then you may wish to test on the day of the visit or the day before.

Currently, there are two testing sites:

  • County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter, EX2 4QD
  • North Walk Car Park, Taw View, Civic Centre, Barnstaple, EX31 1EE

Both sites offer walk-in and drive-through tests from 9 am to 5 pm, 7 days a week with extended hours of 7 am to 7 pm on Mondays and Thursdays.

We realise that the current limited number of sites will mean not everyone is able to access the service but further sites throughout Devon are being readied. Most will be fixed sites, but some will be mobile facilities that can reach more rural areas of the county.

Once you have completed a booking you will receive a confirmation by email. Please read this carefully as it contains important information about what you will need for your appointment.

Please note: We are moving to a new booking system to help make it easier to book a test.
To book a test for any date up to and including 26 February, please access our current booking system using the link below.
Book a test up to 26 February

To book a test for 27 February onwards, please access our new booking system using the link below.
Book a test for 27 February onwards

Get help

If you need help to make a booking, you can contact us on 0345 155 1015.

We’ve provided some more details about lateral flow testing to help explain what the tests are and how they work.

After your test

Negative result

A negative result does not remove the need to follow existing COVID-19 measures socially and in the workplace. You should carry on with your day but proceed with caution, following all COVID-19 measures as normal.

Positive result

A positive lateral flow result means you must go home and self-isolate for ten days, preventing further spread. This is a legal duty, and contact tracing will take place. There is no general requirement for a follow-up NHS test.

Read our guidance on self-isolating.

If you are eligible, a positive lateral flow result will enable you to qualify for self-isolation payments.


A follow-up confirmatory NHS test will still be required by NHS and social care staff, where the test is taken as part of an asymptomatic testing workplace programme and results are registered using a self-reporting tool.