Pop-up Coronavirus test centre in Wandsworth this weekend

Published: Thursday, May 7, 2020

People who think they may have contracted Coronavirus can get tested at a special temporary testing centre run by the army in Wandsworth this Saturday and Sunday.

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Please note the test will not show if you have already had Covid-19, only if you have the infection on the day of the test.

You must not turn up without an appointment – those who have not booked will not be tested. The details of the location will be given to you when you book.

Bookings should be made online via the Government’s web portal. Please note, if Wandsworth is not shown as one of the options please try again later.

The tests are being offered to the following categories of people – and if appropriate members of the same household.

  • all those working on the frontline in health and social care (with or without symptoms)
  • patients in the NHS and residents in care homes (with or without symptoms)
  • all essential workers with symptom anyone over 65 with symptoms
  • anyone who goes into work because they cannot work from home (eg construction workers, emergency plumbers and those in similar occupations) and has symptoms
  • anyone who has symptoms and lives with someone who meets any of the above criteria

You can also apply for a test if you have a clinical referral from NHS 111 online.

A full list of those classed as essential workers is published on the Gov.uk website.

It includes anyone working in the NHS or social care settings plus those working in the transport, education or food distribution sectors, including shops and supermarkets along with key public services like the police, fire brigade, prisons, schools, the postal service, bus, rail and tube workers. Tests are also being offered to members of their household if they are displaying any symptoms.

The main symptoms of the disease are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual).

To qualify for a test those attending must bring with them some form of identification or verification letter demonstrating that they are, or another member of their household is, an essential worker. This could be a staff ID badge, or letter or email from an employer.