Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptom-free testing

Help stop the spread of COVID-19: Symptom-free testing in Southampton.

The Government have announced that free rapid tests will be offered to everyone in England from 9 April.

Getting into the habit of twice weekly testing as part of our everyday lives will help us all to play our part and do what we can to keep each other safe, and alongside the vaccine and other infection control measures such as hands face space will ensure we can continue to ease our way out of lockdown.

One in three people with COVID-19 don’t have symptoms, so could spread the infection without realising it. The testing identifies people when they are most infectious, and enables them to self-isolate, breaking the chain of transmission. 

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Testing will enable more people to continue to work safely, helping businesses and services to be more productive and efficient. The more people we find who have the virus and then self-isolate, the better our chance of breaking the chains of transmission and returning to a more normal way of life.

We don't know yet enough about how the vaccines reduce transmission of infection from one person to another, so those who have already been vaccinated and eligible to get tested should still have regular symptom-free testing.

Thank you to everyone who gets tested. Your contribution is taking us one step closer to fighting this virus.

How to get a symptom-free test  

Booking a test is recommended but not required, and drop-ins are welcome.

Please book your symptom-free tests twice a week, three to five days apart. Multiple appointments can be booked at the same time. Please remember to cancel any appointments you can no longer attend.

For those who live or work in Southampton and can’t work from home: you must book your test or drop-in at one of our symptom-free testing centres. We are unable to send a test kit to your home.

For those who have sustained contact with school and early years children or staff you can also use one of the sites listed below or you can use the Community Collect scheme. This gives you the option of collecting tests from one of our four local symptomatic test sites, seven days a week, 1.30pm-7pm, to take at home. The testing kits you pick up will contain instructions on how to take the tests and register the results via the online registration portal. The Community Collect scheme does not require booking in advance.

Where are the test sites?  

Merryoak Community Centre - Acacia Rd, Southampton SO19 7JY.

This site will operate seven days a week, 8am – 7pm (last appointment 6.30pm).

In addition, a Mobile Testing Unit (MTU) will operate at several locations around the city, seven days a week, 8.30am – 5.45pm (last appointments 5.15pm), on a rotating basis.

There are ten community pharmacies across the city where you can book a test. Details are on the booking page.

Do not book an appointment at one of these sites if you have coronavirus symptoms or are self-isolating. Symptoms include a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, loss or change of smell or taste. If you have any of these symptoms book a test here.

In adverse weather conditions, including high winds, the MTU may be forced to close. We will provide updates of closures and further instruction on our social media.

The MTU locations include:

  • Lords Hill Car Park, Lords Hill Centre (West), Lords Hill Centre East SO16 8HY
  • Shirley Baptist Church Car Park, Church St, Shirley SO15 5LG
  • Richard Taunton Sixth Form College, Hill Lane SO15 5RL
Day Site
Monday Lords Hill Car Park
Tuesday Shirley Baptist Church Car Park
Wednesday Richard Taunton Colllege
Thursday Lords Hill Car Park
Friday Shirley Baptist Church Car Park
Saturday Richard Taunton Colllege
Sunday Richard Taunton Colllege

Government workplace testing  

As an alternative to getting tested at one of our symptom-free sites, all local employers may now book symptom-free COVID-19 tests for themselves and staff through a government scheme.

Businesses had until 31 March to register for the government’s workplace testing scheme, which will remain free until the end of June. All those who can work from home should continue to do so. Southampton businesses can register for the workplace testing scheme here.

For more information please our FAQs page