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.
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 SHOW
There is no need to book a test at a Symptom Free Testing site, you can simply drop in to the site you choose. It is recommended that you test twice weekly.
You can also collect a home test kit from one of our Symptom Free Testing sites, Community Pharmacies, Local Testing Sites or Collection points and test at home.
If you are unable to attend one of these sites you can request a home testing kit directly from the Gov.uk website and it will be delivered to you.
Where are the test sites? SHOW
Southampton City Council operate a Symptom Free Mobile Testing Unit (MTU) that rotates around the city Monday to Friday (10:00-18:00)
You do not need an appointment to attend the MTU.
In adverse weather conditions, including high winds, the MTU may be forced to close. We will provide updates of closures on our social media
MTU Locations include:
- Lordshill Car Park, Lords Hill Centre (West), Lords Hill Centre East SO16 8HY
- Shirley Precinct, Shirley, Southampton, SO16 4EY
- Merryoak Community Centre, Acacia Rd, Southampton SO19 7JY
|Monday||Lords Hill Car Park|
|Tuesday||Shirley Baptist Church Car Park|
|Wednesday||Merryoak Community Centre|
|Thursday||Lords Hill Car Park|
|Friday||Shirley Baptist Church Car Park|
There are also 10 Community Pharmacies across the City that are providing supervised symptom free testing. Details on pharmacies providing supervised symptom free testing are listed on the appointment booking page
Government workplace testing SHOW
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.