COVID-19 community testing

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.

Children under the age of 16 will need to be accompanied by an adult for their test. We'll only test children who are 11 years of age or older. If you or someone in your household or support bubble studies or works in a school or college, you can get rapid tests to use at home.

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
  • 21-23 Bournemouth Road, Peckham, London, SE15 4UJ

Please cycle or walk to the testing centres if you can.

Who can get a test

Anyone can get tested at one of our mass testing sites.

When you should not book a test

Do not book a lateral flow test if you have COVID-19 symptoms; instead, book a free NHS COVID-19 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; instead, you must stay at home and self-isolate.

Book a free COVID-19 test

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When you book a free COVID-19 test, we'll ask you for your:

  • name
  • postcode
  • 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 confirmatory test at one of our PCR testing sites.

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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: 26 May 2021

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