COVID-19 testing

In line with national policy on COVID-19 testing, our local testing sites/centres in Southampton have closed. As a result the following COVID-19 local testing sites/centres in Southampton are now closed:

  • Woodley Road – closed Saturday 26 March and the car park has re-opened to the public
  • Marlborough Road – closed Wednesday 30 March with equipment scheduled to be removed and the southern car park expected to re-open in mid-May
  • Avenue Campus – closed Wednesday 30 March

Southampton City Council would like to take this opportunity to thank the local community and businesses for their support and patience over the last 18 months. Our testing sites/centres have been invaluable in helping us to monitor the spread of COVID-19.

Who can get a free NHS COVID-19 test?

There are a small number of people who will still be able to get free COVID-19 tests from the NHS.

If you have a health condition which means you're eligible for new COVID-19 treatments

  • If you have a health condition which means you're eligible for new COVID-19 treatments, you should be sent a COVID-19 test to use if you have symptoms
  • You can order free NHS tests yourself, if you have not received any tests yet or have used the tests you've been sent

Find out more about testing guidance and new COVID-19 treatments

If you're going into hospital for surgery or a procedure

  • You may need to get tested if you're due to have surgery or a procedure
  • Your hospital will tell you how to get a test. Contact your hospital department if you have any questions

If you work in the NHS or in social care

You are eligible for free tests if you're:

  • NHS patient-facing staff
  • Staff who deliver NHS services through an independent healthcare provider, and have direct contact with NHS patients
  • A social worker
  • A personal assistant
  • A Shared Lives carer
  • A Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspector

If you work in care homes, domiciliary care, extra care and supported living services, and adult day care centres, you can also get free NHS tests. Find out more about free NHS tests if you work in adult social care.

For more information on the changes to testing visit Changes to testing for COVID-19 in England.