Getting tested for coronavirus in Southampton

NOTICE: Our local testing sites are providing testing for people with symptoms. Operating hours for each site varies, please see the opening times below. Please be aware that all sites close for a deep clean during the day so cannot offer full day opening.

One in three people with COVID-19 don’t have symptoms so could spread the infection without realising it.

Free rapid home Covid testing kits are available to everyone. Kits are available for collection from various locations across the city. Simply register your result via the online registration portal. The community collect scheme does not require booking in advance.

Got symptoms?

If you or someone in your family has any symptoms of coronavirus:

  • high temperature
  • new continuous cough
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

Self- isolate and book a symptomatic test for coronavirus

If you have coronavirus symptoms, you must get a symptomatic test (test that goes to the lab). You should get tested immediately and don’t leave home for any other reason other than to get tested. Tests should be booked as soon as you start to show symptoms by calling 119 or by visiting the NHS website to find out how to ask for a test.

Symptomatic testing sites should only be used for those with coronavirus symptoms or those who have been asked to get tested by a doctor, public health professional or by their local council.

Home testing kits are available for anyone who is unable to get to a testing site. These can be requested by calling 119 or by visiting the NHS website.

Please note: patients at University Hospital Southampton (UHS) who have been advised they will need to take a COVID-19 test as part of the pre-assessment procedure for elective or planned care should follow the guidance given directly to them by their medical team as patients have a separate, dedicated testing facility in the city that is linked to the admission process.

New walk-through, appointment only test sites are available

Within Southampton new walk-through sites are at:

  • Avenue Campus Car Park at the University of Southampton, Highfield Road (SO17 1BF)
  • Marlborough Road (South) Car Park in Shirley (SO15 3ND)
  • Woodley Road Car Park (SO19 9DW)

Other testing sites in Hampshire can be booked via the NHS website.

It is recommended that you book an appointment for these testing sites by visiting the NHS website or by calling 119.

These sites are run on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care and are open to anyone with coronavirus symptoms. Southampton City Council, local NHS organisations and the University of Southampton are not involved in the operation of the sites.

Self-isolate to keep others safe

If you test positive for coronavirus you will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace to help identify people you've been in close contact with. Find out more on the NHS website.

You can also find information on the NHS website about what to do if you're contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service as you've been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus.

Anyone attending a testing site will be provided with guidance on getting to and from the test site safely. If you do drive to one of the walk-through testing sites, please make sure to follow our guidance for parking near the site in the FAQs below to avoid a parking fine.

Anyone testing positive for the virus in England will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace to help them track their contacts. This will help people to identify who they may have been in close contact with, protecting others from further transmission.

You can find out more about the new walk-through testing centres by reading our FAQs below.

Local Testing Sites in Southampton FAQs

Who is operating and managing these sites? SHOW


What are the operating hours for the site? SHOW


Why has the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) launched the walk-through local testing sites in Southampton? SHOW


How long will the local testing sites be open? SHOW


How do I get a test scheduled? Do I need an appointment? Can I just show up? SHOW


Why have these communities been selected for a local testing site? SHOW


Should I get public transport to get to the walk-through centre? SHOW


What signage will be in place to direct people to the testing site? SHOW


Where can I park for each site? SHOW


Will this increase traffic and congestion and dangerous parking? SHOW


Is there a risk of spread of infection to people in the area if symptomatic people are walking in the area? SHOW


Why didn’t you tell us about the local sites sooner? SHOW


Will more testing sites mean our case numbers will increase and we’ll be more likely to go into lockdown? SHOW


Hospital admissions and deaths are still low according to data for Southampton. Is all this testing really necessary? SHOW