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How to get lateral flow tests in RCT

If you are socialising you should 'Flow Before You Go'

Before heading out and meeting others, whether it's for a coffee, work or education you are advised to take a lateral flow test, to reduce the risk of unknowingly passing on coronavirus (COVID-19).

Lateral flow tests, are also sometimes called, rapid flow tests, lateral flow test devices, LFT’s or LFTD’s, they are all the same test and are FREE to everyone in Wales.

The Lateral Flow Tests are for people who ‘feel fine’ and do not have any coronavirus (Covid-19) symptoms. When you collect your tests you will not be asked for any personal details. 

More about lateral flow tests and other ways to get tests.

About 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms but can still infect others
  • Lateral flow tests help to check if someone has COVID-19. If people test positive and self-isolate, it helps stop the virus spreading.
  • Research shows lateral flow tests are a reliable test for COVID-19. They give a quick result and do not need to be sent to a lab.
  • Even if you're vaccinated, you could still catch the virus or pass it on. Doing lateral flow tests helps to protect yourself and others.

Lateral flow tests are available to collect locally in a number of locations, including; local pharmacies, lesisure centres and local pick-up centres in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

Please do not attend a site if you have Covid-19 symptoms.

You can collect Lateral flow tests from:


Dates/ Opening Times

Porth Plaza (Porth)

9am-1pm (Weekdays only)

Yr Hwb – Ferndale Library

9am-1pm (Weekdays only)

Treorchy Library

9am-1pm (Weekdays only)

Aberdare Library

9am-1pm (Weekdays only)

Canolfan Pennar (Mountain Ash)

9am-1pm (Weekdays only)

Garth Olwg Lifelong Learning Centre

9am-1pm (Weekdays only)

Rhydyfelin Community Centre

9am-1pm (Weekdays only)

Rhondda (Ystrad) Leisure Centre

 9am-5pm (Weekdays) 9am-2pm (Weekends)

Sobell Leisure Centre

 9am-5pm (Weekdays) 9am-2pm (Weekends)

Llantrisant Leisure Centre

 9am-5pm (Weekdays) 9am-2pm (Weekends)

Hawthorn Leisure Centre

 9am-5pm (Weekdays) 9am-2pm (Weekends)

Llys Cadwyn

 9am-5pm (Weekdays) 9am-2pm (Weekends)

Tonyrefail Leisure Centre

 9am-5pm (Weekdays) 9am-2pm (Weekends)
Abercynon Leisure Centre  9am-5pm (Weekdays) 9am-2pm (Weekends)
Rhondda Fach Leisure Centre  9am-5pm (Weekdays) 9am-2pm (Weekends)
Cwm Rhondda Sport Centre  9am-5pm (Weekdays) 9am-2pm (Weekends)
Bronwydd Swimming Pool  9am-5pm (Weekdays) 9am-2pm (Weekends)
Llantwit Fardre Leisure Centre

9am-5pm (Weekdays, except 1pm-5pm Thursday)

9am-2pm (Weekends)

For a full list of your nearest pick-up centres, please click on the link below. 

If you are unable to get to a local pick-up centre, you can also order Lateral Flow Tests online.

Please only order online if you cannot get a test through other methods. This frees up home delivery for those who need it most.

What to do if you test positive

If the lateral flow test is positive you must self-isolate immediately, record the result and take any actions necessary to protect others.

View latest Welsh Government self-isolation guidance 

How to Record your Results 

You should record your test results on the NHS site, even if the test is void or negative.

The fastest way to do this is to visit or by calling 119. Lines are open every day 7am to 11pm and is a free call from mobiles and landlines.

Record your result 

If you do have coronavirus symptoms you MUST self-isolate and will need to take a PCR test.