New COVID-19 testing sites in Sutton
Sutton has been granted 4 new coronavirus testing sites in addition to the existing mobile unit at Denmark Road, Carshalton.
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 will now be 5 test sites in total:
Denmark road, Carshalton
Sutton Civic Centre car park
The Phoenix Centre car park
David Weir Leisure Centre car park
Those being tested will be required to follow public health measures, including social distancing, not travelling by taxi or public transport, practising good personal hygiene and wearing a face covering throughout, including while travelling to and from the testing centre. Once the test is complete, they will be asked to return straight home.
For residents who are unable to access sites in these locations, booking a home test is still the advisable option, these can be booked in the same way as a regular test. 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.
For those who might require additional support or advice for individual requirements please call 119, who will be able to advise.
How to book a test
Residents with symptoms will be able to book by visiting www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or calling 119.
Testing at Denmark road is currently available, the other sites will be up and running over the next few weeks, you will be able to confirm your location on booking. The test site is available to everyone, including adults and (accompanied) children and with additional support for vulnerable groups and people with disabilities.
Guidelines for attending a testing site
Residents must book a test before attending any testing site, and adhere to the guidelines below when there:
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 at test if they develop symptoms.
For up to date information on COVID-19 visit Sutton Council’s guidance pages.
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 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.