COVID-19 community testing
Find out how to book a free lateral flow test in a testing centre in Southwark, if you don’t have COVID-19 symptoms.
Book a free COVID-19 test at our community testing centres
If you don’t have symptoms of COVID-19, you can book a free rapid lateral flow test. Results are usually available in less than one hour. You can book regular tests, three or four days apart, for greater reliability.
Where are the testing centres
There are two testing centres in Southwark, open seven days a week:
- London Bridge Station, St Thomas Street Exit, SE1 9QU - closed Christmas Day
- 21-23 Bournemouth Road, Peckham, London, SE15 4UJ - reduced hours on Christmas Day
Please cycle or walk to the testing centres if you can. It’s best to book an appointment at a testing centre.
Who can get a test
Anyone over 11 can get tested at one of our mass testing sites. Children under the age of 16 need to be accompanied by an adult for their test.
When you should not book a lateral flow COVID-19 test
Do not book a lateral flow test if you have COVID-19 symptoms. If you have COVID-19 symptoms book a free test on the government website.
Do not book a lateral flow test if you've been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Find out the rules around self-isolation if you have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19.
When you book a free COVID-19 test, we'll ask you for your:
- date of birth
- email address
- phone number
Your details will be passed to NHS Test and Trace if your test is positive. You'll also need to book a PCR test to confirm a positive results at one of our PCR testing sites.
What to bring to your appointment
- your booking confirmation
- your smartphone (if you have one)
- a face covering
How to prepare for your test
Avoid eating or drinking for at least 30 minutes before doing the test to reduce the risk of spoiling the test.
If you develop symptoms after booking a lateral flow test
You should only go to a lateral flow testing site if you don’t have symptoms. If you develop symptoms, you should self-isolate and book an NHS PCR test instead.
Page last updated: 24 December 2021