Reporting rapid lateral flow test results helps scientists track the spread of the virus (Picture: Getty)
Over the duration of the pandemic, scientists and medical professionals have repeatedly highlighted how a lot of people with Covid-19 are asymptomatic and can infect others without realising.
Rapid lateral flow tests are a quick and easy way to make to protect yourself and others, and stop the spread of the virus.
Currently, you can get your hands on lateral flow test kits by ordering them from the government website, picking them up from a pharmacy or a community collection point, or going to a test site.
Once you complete your test, you can register and report the result of your test through a few simple steps.
Here’s everything you need to know.
How to register a lateral flow test
Once you take your lateral flow test, you can register your test and report your results via the government website.
Once you take a lateral flow test, you may have to register your test before you can report the results. (Picture: PA)
The only things you will need for the registration of your test results are your NHS login, the ID number of your test strip (located under the QR code), and a mobile phone number.
When you begin the registration process, the website will ask you to sign in using your NHS login or create a new account. This is so that the NHS can match your details to the test kit you used.
You then need to answer a few basic questions, such as when the test was taken and whether you are reporting your own results or someone else’s.
Then, you can input the ID number, and select your result.
If you’re struggling to use the online service, you can call 119 for assistance.
The lines are open every day from 7 am to 11 pm and offer support in 200 languages for free.
Once your kit is registered, you can easily report the results of your test.
Do you have to report your test results?
While it’s not a legal obligation, the NHS urges everyone to report their test results every time they do a lateral flow test despite the result.
Even if your test result is negative or void, reporting your result helps scientists track the spread of Covid-19 and spot new outbreaks faster.
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