PCR test kits available for collection

Published: Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Everyone over the age of 11 who lives, works, or studies in Wandsworth is being urged to take a COVID-19 PCR test after new cases of the South African variant were found in the borough and neighbouring Lambeth.

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To make this easier for all we now have tests that can be collected and used at home.

These are available for collection from Battersea Sports Centre and the Town Hall (Room 75) from 2pm today. Completed tests should then be returned to the same collection point.

Anyone who lives, works, studies or travels through these boroughs is strongly encouraged to take a Covid-19 PCR test, whether they are showing symptoms or not. You should also get the test if you have had the vaccine.

It is important people take a PCR test as these can identify specific variants. Rapid lateral flow device (LFD) tests are also widely available but can only determine positivity for Covid-19, not the specific variant.

If anyone tests positive, they must self-isolate immediately and pass on details of their contacts to NHS Test and Trace when contacted. Positive tests will then be examined in a laboratory to determine whether any of them are the variant first identified in South Africa.

Facilities offering asymptomatic PCR testing have been deployed at Wandsworth Town Hall, Tooting Leisure Centre and the University of Roehampton. Further testing sites will be opened during the week and the council will also shortly be announcing further details of where tests can be picked up for use at home. You will need to book an appointment at www.wandsworth.gov.uk/surge-testing

You can book online on someone else’s behalf if they can’t do so themselves. People who are unable to book online, and don’t know someone who can book for them, can call 020 8871 6555 from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm for help.

If you have symptoms, you can get tested at one of several symptomatic local test sites across Wandsworth. Again, you must book an appointment at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or call 119.