Latest information on COVID-19

For the latest advice and guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19), including symptoms, how to book a test and guidance on self-isolating visit the NHS website.

For updates on the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccination programme across Hampshire, Southampton and the Isle of Wight, please click here.

If you are finding things difficult, you aren’t alone. Coronavirus has been impacting us all in different ways. The NHS Every Mind Matters website has some great tips for looking after your own wellbeing and supporting others. Visit to find out more.

You can also find out more about mental health and wellbeing support available in your community in the mental health section of our website. 

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Where can I get a rapid lateral flow test for COVID-19?

The way that people access lateral flow devices to self-test for Covid at home has now changed with people now needing to get a ‘collect code’ in advance of picking up test kits from pharmacies:

  • An amended COVID-19 test kit pharmacy distribution service started on 4 October from 4 October. As part of the changes, people are being asked to register on or via 119 for a collect code to pick up test kits
  • Collect codes are being introduced for traceability purposes, for example if the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulation Agency need to trace any test kits
  • The changes in how people access testing kits at pharmacies do not mandate the need for a collection code – people will still be able to pick one up without a code
The Government set out in the Autumn and Winter Plan that free lateral flow tests would continue. One of the priorities set out in this plan is to "protect vulnerable people and settings, to reduce the impact of COVID-19 infection on high risk individuals." This includes clinical settings.

Test and Trace has stated that lateral flow devices are a crucial measure to stop the spread of COVID-19.

How to access asymptomatic testing:

  • Regular asymptomatic testing is helping to prevent onward transmission of COVID-19 by identifying cases of the virus which might otherwise have gone undetected
  • Anyone can access asymptomatic testing
  • Lateral flow device testing kits are the most widely available test and can be ordered free of charge through the GOV.UK ordering portal or collected from pharmacies across England (collection codes are requested but not mandated from 4 October). Staff should aim to test themselves every three to four days

Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 should immediately self-isolate along with everyone they live with and book a test online or by calling 119, and not leave home until they receive their test results, except to post a test kit or for a PCR appointment.