New COVID-19 testing sites in Sutton
Sutton has five coronavirus testing sites. These sites will play a key role in our continued efforts to reduce the spread of the virus and keep the residents of Sutton safe, and will enable more residents within Sutton to access a test quickly and easily.
There test sites can be found at:
- Denmark Road, Carshalton (mobile unit)
- Overton Park
- Sutton Civic Centre car park
- The Phoenix Centre car park (The Phoenix Centre car park will be permanently closed for PCR testing from Thursday 9 December).
- David Weir Leisure Centre car park
How to get a test if you have symptoms
Residents with symptoms of coronavirus will be able to book by visiting the NHS website (opens in new window) or calling 119.
The test sites are available to everyone, including adults and (accompanied) children and with additional support for vulnerable groups and people with disabilities.
If you are unable to access these sites, you have the option of ordering a home-test kit. These can be booked in the same way as a regular test on the NHS website (opens in new window). If you are unable to get to a priority postbox without using public transport or for any other reason then you can arrange a courier collection by calling 119.
How to get a rapid test if you do not have any symptoms
Regular, rapid tests are now available twice a week for anyone without symptoms, and help to identify non-symptomatic cases earlier. Rapid tests are for people without symptoms.
To get a rapid test to do at home
- You can collect up to two packs of seven tests from a local pharmacy or test site. Find your nearest available location (opens in new window).
- You can collect rapid test kits from a number of local sites in Sutton. You do not need to book an appointment but please check opening times (opens in new window) before you go as some sites are only open in the afternoon
- You can order a pack of seven kits to be delivered to your home. Order online (opens in new window) or call 119 (lines are open 7am to 11pm and calls are free)
To get a rapid test at a testing site
Residents can also access supervised testing at designated sites.
You may also be able to get rapid testing through your employer or school
- All employers with 10 or more employees can provide rapid testing to their staff. Ask your employer about the arrangements they are putting in place. If you are an employer, find out more about employer testing (opens in new window)
- Care sector staff can find more information about testing on the Sutton Care Hub (opens in new window)
- Staff in educational settings and secondary school pupils will get test kits via their organisations (opens in new window).
Guidelines for attending a testing site
Residents must book a test before attending any testing site, and adhere to the guidelines below when there. Remember to:
- wear a face covering (unless exempt)
- keep a distance of 2 metres where possible
- go directly home to isolate afterwards.
Once the test is complete, it can take up to 48 hours to get your result. It may take up to 72 hours for a home test.
If you test positive for COVID-19
Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 will be legally obliged to self-isolate for a period ending 10 days after the date of the test. Other members of the household will be legally obliged to self-isolate for a period ending 14 days after the positive test.
NHS contact tracing
Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace to help them to recall people they have been in close contact with recently, protecting others from further transmission.
Close contacts of those testing positive will also be contacted by NHS Test and Trace, letting them know that they have had contact with a positive case and that they therefore need to stay at home for 14 days to prevent them from unknowingly spreading the virus. They will also be advised to book a test if they develop symptoms.
How do I book a test?
You can book either online via nhs.uk/coronavirus or calling 119.
Where are the new sites?
The new sites are located at Overton Park (mobile unit), Sutton Civic Centre car park, The Phoenix Centre car park and David Weir Leisure Centre car park. There is also a site at Denmark Road.
Can I just turn up?
It is best to book a test if you can so that the team knows you are coming. If you turn up without an appointment, you will not receive a test.
Please note that it is key that you wear a face covering when you attend the Test Centre. You will not be allowed to enter the Centre without one (unless you are exempt).
Will I have to wait?
When you book a test you will be given an allotted time. Due to demand, there may be a short wait once you are there. Please follow the sites instructions and adhere to social distancing rules and wear a face covering (unless you are exempt).
What if I can’t get there?
You can book a home test by calling 119. If you are unable to get to a priority post box without using public transport or for any other reason then you can arrange a courier collection by calling 119.
Can my child get a test?
Kits are suitable for children over the age of one and parents or carers will be required to administer the test to those aged under 11. Full instructions on how to administer the test and what to do next are provided within each kit.
Why were those locations chosen?
A number of sites within the borough were considered, with these ones meeting the Department of Health and Social Care requirements of easy access for a high number of people, and also being easily accessible on foot/cycle.