Get a coronavirus test
We know getting a coronavirus test (a swab test that confirms you have the virus at the time of the test) can be a bit confusing especially when, where and how, but don’t worry - we can help!
When should I get a COVID-19 test
No matter how mild, it’s important to get tested as soon as you develop any of the three main symptoms of coronavirus:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste
Do not get a test if you don’t have symptoms.
If you’re getting a test because you have symptoms, you and anyone you live with must self-isolate until you get your result. This also applies to anyone in your support bubble (where someone who lives alone - or just with their children - can meet people from 1 other household).
You must also self-isolate if you cannot get a test.
And remember the test is free via the NHS is you have the above symptoms.
Where can I get tested
Working in partnership with the Department of Health and Social Care, and the University of Greenwich for some sites, we now have five testing centres across the Royal Borough of Greenwich:
- 02 North Greenwich, SE10 - drive-through facility only
- University of Greenwich, Avery Hill Road, Eltham, SE9 - accessible on foot only
- Charlton Athletic Football Club, SE7 - mobile testing facility accessible by car
- Abery Street, Plumstead, SE18 - walk-through testing centre, accessible on foot only
- De Vere Devonport House Car Park, SE10 - walk-through testing centre due to open w/c 9 November, accessible on foot only
How can I get tested
Booking is essential for all testing centres which are open 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week. To book a slot and find out more visit gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or call 119.
If you cannot get to a test site, please order a home test kit. Read more about how to use your coronavirus (COVID-19) home test kit.
Find out more
Hear from resident Judy Smith MBE of the South Greenwich Forum who talks about what we can all do to keep each other safe and support one another during the pandemic:
Tested positive for COVID-19 or are told by the NHS to self-isolate because of close contact with someone who has COVID-19? If so you may be eligible for a £500 payment.