Testing and contact tracing

This page explains how you can get tested for COVID-19 and how NHS contact tracing works to keep us all safe.

You can find more information and support on the main COVID-19 page.

Keep Kingston Safe

We all have a vital part to play in keeping Kingston safe by helping to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our borough. The most important thing you can do to keep your family, friends and the whole community safe is to self isolate if you have symptoms and get a test as soon as possible.

If you need support with food or medicine deliveries while you are self isolating, the council can support you through the Kingston Stronger Together hub.  

Who can get a COVID-19 test?

Everyone with symptoms of COVID-19  is now eligible to be tested. Symptoms include a new continuous cough or fever or anosmia. Anosmia is the loss of, or a change in your normal sense of smell or taste. 

If you get any of these symptoms, you should book a test as soon as possible and you and your household should follow NHS guidelines on self-isolation. 

By getting tested as soon as you have symptoms, you can help stop the spread of the virus and help keep your family, friends and the whole community safe.

How do I book a test? 

You can visit the NHS website to book a test appointment or you can call 119.  If you are an essential worker you can also apply for a test on the GOV.UK website. There are local drive through testing centres in Chessington and at Gatwick Airport. You will see these options in a drop down menu when you book your test.

In addition, a Mobile Testing Unit (MTU) will visit Kingston throughout the next few months. You can book a test at the MTU through the national NHS booking system. The next dates for the MTU to visit Kingston are Tues 7 and Friday 10 July at the Cattle Market car park in the town centre. 

NHS contact tracing 

What if I test positive for COVID-19?

If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be contacted by NHS contact tracers. You will be asked to share where you have been and who you have been in contact with. This will help trace people who may also have the virus to stop it spreading and keep our communities safe.  

What if someone I have been in contact with tests positive for COVID-19? 

If someone you have been in close contact with tests positive for the virus, you will be contacted by NHS contact tracers. They will explain what you need to do to help contain the spread of COVID-19 and protect your family and friends. 

You will be asked to follow NHS guidelines on self isolation and stay at home for 14 days. You should book a test straight away if symptoms develop. Even if it comes back negative, you should continue to self isolate for the full 14 days.