Make sure you get tested

Published: Friday, March 5, 2021

Residents are being reminded that despite the successful rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations in the borough, it is still vital to get regular tests.

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Lateral flow testing at the Wandsworth Civic Suite

One in three people who have coronavirus don’t show any symptoms but can still pass the virus on. It is recommended that everyone without symptoms (asymptomatic) takes a ‘lateral flow test’ regularly to check if they have the virus. The test takes about ten minutes, and results are sent by text in less than an hour.

If you do not have symptoms:

You can get a rapid test at one of three centres in the borough:

  • The Wandsworth Civic Suite, Wandsworth High Street (next to the town hall)
  • Battersea Sports Centre, Hope Street
  • St Thomas’ Church, Telford Avenue, Streatham Hill (on the border with Tooting)

The sites are open from 7.30am to 4pm on weekdays. The Civic Suite is also open from 10am to 2pm on weekends.

It is recommended that you book your place although walk-in appointments are available every weekday from 12 noon. Children can take the test but must be accompanied by an adult.

Book your asymptomatic lateral flow test at wandsworth.gov.uk/book-lateral-flow-test. If you do not have access to the internet, call: 020 8871 6555

If you have symptoms:

If you are symptomatic (you have symptoms of Coronavirus) please do not visit a lateral flow test site. You should self-isolate and book a ‘PCR’ test as soon as possible. These are administered at three sites in the borough

  • The Aboyne Community Clubroom, Tooting
  • The Ethelburga Community Clubroom, Battersea
  • Sudlow Road, Wandsworth.

You must book in advance for these tests. You can also send off for a kit so you can test yourself at home. Coronavirus symptoms include, but are not limited to, a high temperature, a new continuous cough or a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste.

Book a symptomatic PCR test or order a home testing kit at nhs.uk/coronavirus or call 119.

Wandsworth’s cabinet member for adult social care and health, Cllr Clare Salier, said: “Falling numbers of cases and the arrival of the vaccine are good news, but we are not out of the woods yet and It is imperative that everyone must remain vigilant.

“It’s especially important that people who have to leave their home in order to work, and who come into regular contact with others, such as supermarket workers, cab drivers or volunteers, take a lateral flow test as frequently as they can. If you think you may have caught the virus please get a PCR test. If you can’t make it to a test centre, send off for a home kit.

“These tests are quick, easy and free and help keep us all safe.”