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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Testing Locations

Who can book a test?

You are eligible to book a test for coronavirus if:

  • you are having coronavirus symptoms: fever and/or new and continuous cough and/or loss of or change to sense of taste or smell
  • you are an ‘essential worker’ who is not having symptoms
  • you have been asked by NHS Test & Trace or Harrow Council to have a test

Where can I book a test?

National Testing Sites (or Home Test Kits) – via the online government portal or telephoning 119

Through this route, you can be tested either in person or via a home testing kit. There are restrictions on how this works.

  • You can only be tested via a home testing kit during days 1 to 4 of your symptoms. This means you must order your home testing kit by 3pm on day 4 for it to arrive on time for the test to work. Home kits must then be registered online and collected at a Royal Mail Priority Postbox service – please check before you order one using the link for booking below.
  • You can be tested at a National Testing Site on any day following the start of your symptoms. However, these tests are appointment only.

To book a slot at a local testing site, or to order a home testing kit, you must apply via the government portal.

Alternatively, you can call 119 to get a test. If no tests are available online, do not call as there are no extra tests available through the helpline.

Northolt Road Community Centre testing site (opposite South Harrow Police Station)

Time: 8am-8pm

Dates: 7 days a week

This is an appointment only walk through testing centre - to book a slot at this site, you can apply via the government portal or by calling NHS 119.

Please wear a mask or face covering while you walk to the site and do not travel by public transport. Please do not attend if you do not have an appointment booked as you will not be tested.

A one way-system is in place to ensure social distancing with the entrance and exit on Northolt Road. On arrival, please go to the testing centre immediately and on exit, please leave the area quickly and return home to isolate until you get your result.

There is no parking in Grange Avenue or Brigade Close.

Mobile Testing Unit, Northwick Park Hospital – Rear Car Park

Time: 10:30 – 15:30

To book a slot at this site, you can apply via the government portal or by calling NHS 119.

This is an appointment-only service. There is no walk-in facility. Please do not attend if you do not have an appointment booked as you will not be tested. On arrival, please go to the car park directly. Do not go to the Main Reception of the hospital.

This site is run by the Department of Health & Social Care.

Mobile Testing Unit, Harrow Civic Centre - Car Park ‘A’, Milton Road

Time: 10:30 – 15:30

To book a slot at this site, you can apply via the government portal or by calling NHS 119.

This is an appointment-only service. There is a walk-through facility if you live within walking distance. Please wear a mask or face covering while you walk to the site and do not travel by public transport. Please do not attend if you do not have an appointment booked as you will not be tested. On arrival, please go to the car park directly. Do not go to the Main Reception of the Civic Centre.

This site is run by the Department of Health & Social Care.

There are other mobile sites in other boroughs that may be closer to you such as Edgware Community Hospital or Ruislip.  You will be able to see these on the government portal or find out about them from the NHS 119 booking service.

Sites where only GPs can refer or certain residents can book tests

Alexandra Avenue Health & Care Centre (The ‘Alex’), South Harrow

Time: 12:00 - 17:00

This is a GP-referred testing service, delivered daily from the Alexandra Avenue Health & Care Centre in South Harrow. The service is available from 12 noon to 5pm, 7 days per week, and provides both swab and antibody testing.

The service has specific acceptance criteria which are:

  • Individuals must be referred by their registered GP. There is no walk-in facility.
  • Individuals must be designated Primary Care staff, CCG, or household members
  • Individuals must be showing symptoms of potential COVID-19 infection.

What happens if I cannot book a test?

Due to limited testing and laboratory capacity, Harrow residents have been struggling to book a test. Please do not give up in trying to get a test. It is very important that you keep trying to book a test whilst you are symptomatic – this is to help guide the duration of your self-isolation period and to keep others safe through contact tracing if you have a positive case.

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Tips that may help you book a test at a convenient location

  • Regularly check the government websites for slots. New slots are released all through the day including evening.
  • Where possible, do not limit your travel options when selecting your preferred travel to a testing site (e.g. do not check the ‘I can drive in’ box)
  • If possible, see if you meet the criteria to be tested at an alternative site. For example, consider being tested at a Mobile Testing Unit or Military Testing Unit if you are an essential worker with symptoms.

Whilst you have symptoms and are waiting to get a test, please stay at home. Do not go to your GP surgery, pharmacy, or hospital. Your household must self-isolate for 14 days from the day of the start of your symptoms. If they develop symptoms, they should seek a test as well and restart their self-isolation period for 10 days from the day they developed symptoms.

If any of you are feeling very unwell with your symptoms, but still do not have a test, call 999 to seek medical help.