Testing and contact tracing
Testing for people without symptoms
People across Kingston who cannot work from home, or are carrying out volunteering work outside of their home, and are showing no symptoms of COVID-19 (coronavirus) are being offered access to new regular, rapid testing to check whether they unknowingly have the virus.
If you are eligible for rapid testing, and have no coronavirus symptoms, you can book here.
One in three people who have coronavirus don’t have symptoms, yet they are still infectious and can pass the virus on to others without realising.
These tests are available to all workers who cannot work from home, or those carrying out volunteering work outside of their home. Regular twice-weekly testing - ideally 3-4 days apart and no more than 7 days apart - will help ensure people who cannot do their jobs from home can continue to work safely without putting others at risk.
If you have any coronavirus symptoms (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, loss or change in your sense of taste or smell), you should self-isolate and book a test through the national coronavirus test-booking system. You can do this by visiting www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or calling 119.
Our asymptomatic testing sites
Across the borough we have four main testing sites for people without symptoms of COVID-19 (asymptomatic test sites). These are:
- The Kingston Academy
- Richard Challoner School
- Kingston University, Penryhn Road Campus
- Chessington Sports Centre at Chessington School
You can find all the local asymptomatic testing sites near you, and see which sites are busy, on the NHS mapping tool. Try to avoid busy testing sites.
Asymptomatic testing at local pharmacies
There are also four pharmacies in the borough carrying out testing for people without symptom of COVID-19. These sites are offering asymptomatic tests for local voluntary and community workers and local paid and unpaid carers. To book at these pharmacies, you need to contact them directly. These are:
- Eagercare, Surbiton Road, Kingston
- Newmans, Ewell Road, Surbiton
- PSM, Ewell Road, Surbiton
- Pearl Chemist, Tolworth Broadway, Tolworth
How does rapid testing work?
These tests are carried out using a Lateral Flow Device (LFD). These rapid turnaround tests give results in 30 minutes from testing, without the need for laboratory processing, and results are forwarded to individuals via text message. The test involves the person taking a swab of their tonsil area and one nostril. All tests are carried out in a COVID-19 secure way. People attending for testing have to follow all the prevention measures when they attend: wearing a face covering (unless exempt), maintaining a 2m distance from others, and sanitising their hands on arrival at the test site and prior to performing the swab.