New walk-through, appointment only COVID-19 testing site now open at Southampton Guildhall

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A third walk-through COVID-19 testing site is now open in Southampton in the City Centre at the Guildhall. 

The site is being run by Mitie on behalf of the Department for Health and Social Care as part of the Government’s UK-wide drive to increase testing for coronavirus.

Southampton Guildhall joins Woodley Road Car Park in Woolston and Marlborough Road Car Park (South) in Shirley as the third walk-through COVID-19 testing site in Southampton. This site will provide easier access to testing for people living in the centre of the city. We are actively exploring the possibility of a fourth site to serve the north of the city. 

Appointments for the local testing site are available to anyone with coronavirus symptoms seven days a week 8am – 8pm, subject to national capacity. 

You must book ahead at or by calling 119. All three sites, in City Centre, Shirley and Woolston, will not be accepting people that turn up without an appointment. Safe operating standards, signed off by Public Health England, are followed within the site at all times so that there is no risk posed to the surrounding area. 

For those wanting to park near the site, ample parking is available in several nearby car parks, which will be clearly signposted and shared with those signing up for a test.

Councillor Lorna Fielker, Cabinet Member for Health and Care at Southampton City Council, commented: “This new COVID-19 testing site in Guildhall Square joins recently opened sites in Shirley and Woolston that are managed by Mitie on behalf of the Department for Health & Social Care (DHSC). 

"We are aware of national issues with the Test & Trace programme which are outside of our control. We are continuing to do our part in Southampton by working with DHSC to help secure suitable sites for walk-through testing at short notice, to offer residents easier access to testing and increase capacity ready for the winter season. 

“I urge anyone that has symptoms to make sure they isolate along with members of their household and book a test as soon as possible. But please do not turn up at any of these walk-through sites without a booking.” 

Further information

Parking closest to the Southampton Guildhall testing site includes:

  • Civic Centre Forecourt Car Park (SO15 1QD) 
  • Grosnevor Square North Multi-Storey Car Park (SO15 2BE) 

Testing for COVID-19 is a vital part of our response to control the virus. Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, however mild, can get a free swab test. 

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