Getting tested for coronavirus in Southampton

NOTICE: Our local testing sites are now only providing testing for people with symptoms up to mid-day. At this point, they close for a deep clean and then re-open from 2.30pm until 8pm to provide a community collect scheme with take home tests.

Free rapid Covid tests are available to everyone in England. One in three people with COVID-19 don’t have symptoms, so could spread the infection without realising it.

Eligible persons can simply collect the test from one of these local test sites for them to take at home, where they will register their result via an 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 then get tested for coronavirus

You can ask for a free test to check if you or your children have the virus. If you have coronavirus symptoms, you must get a test. If you don’t have symptoms, don’t get a test. We all need to play our part to protect the NHS Test and Trace service for those who really need it.

If you have symptoms– a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to sense or taste –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 visit the NHS website to find out how to ask for a test.

Testing at walk-through sites is only available for those either with coronavirus symptoms or those who have been asked to get tested by a doctor, public health professional or by their local council. Anyone with one or more of the symptoms should book a test. There are home testing kits available as well as regional testing sites. People should book an appointment to attend a walk-through testing site.

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)
  • Southampton Guildhall at City Centre (SO14 7LP)
  • Marlborough Road (South) Car Park in Shirley (SO15 3ND)
  • Woodley Road Car Park (SO19 9DW)

You must book for these testing sites by visiting the NHS website or by calling 119.

These sites are run by Mitie on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care and are open on an appointment basis to anyone with coronavirus symptoms, seven days a week, 8am-8pm. Southampton City Council, local NHS organisations and the University of Southampton are not involved in the operation of the sites. All local testing sites are subject to survey prior to opening.

There are also regional drive-through testing sites across Hampshire which can be booked via the NHS website.

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 an appointment at a walk-through 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