New walk-through, appointment only COVID-19 testing now open in Woolston

A second walk-through COVID-19 testing site is now open in Southampton

A second walk-through COVID-19 testing site is now open in Southampton at Woodley Road Car Park, Woolston.

The site is being run by Mitie on behalf of the Department for Health and Social Care as part of the Government’s UK-wide drive to increase testing for coronavirus. Woodley Road joins Marlborough Road Car Park (South) in Shirley as the second walk-through Covid-19 testing site in Southampton. We are in active discussions to secure further walk-through testing sites to serve other areas of Southampton.

Appointments for the local testing site will be available to anyone with coronavirus symptoms seven days a week 8am – 8pm, subject to national capacity.

You must book ahead at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119. Both sites at Shirley and in Woolston will not be accepting people that turn up without an appointment.

Safe operating standards, signed off by Public Health England, will be followed within the site at all times so that there is no risk posed to the surrounding area.

Councillor Lorna Fielker, Cabinet Member for Health and Care at Southampton City Council, commented:

“The two new Covid-19 testing sites in Shirley and Woolston are managed by Mitie on behalf of the Department for Health & Social Care. We are aware of the national issues with the testing programme due to capacity and high demand. This is not within our control locally. But in Southampton we are making sure that we do our part by securing suitable sites for walk-through testing sites at short notice ready for the winter period. It is really important that people do not turn up at any of these walk-through sites without a booking.

“People in Southampton have been doing a fantastic job of following guidance in some really difficult circumstances. As a result our current case numbers are relatively low compared to other areas of the country. This can change very quickly however and I urge anyone that has symptoms to make sure they isolate along with members of their household and book a test as soon as possible.”

We have closed Woodley Road Park to accommodate this new testing site. Alternate parking is available at:

  • Portsmouth Road Car Park
  • Oakbank Road Car Park
  • The Collonade Car Park

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. If you use a parking season ticket at Woodley Road it can still be used at these alternate car parks.

Testing for COVID-19 is a vital part of our response to control the virus. Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, however mild, can get a free swab test.

You can find out more online about the new walk-through testing centres and read FAQs.