How and where to access a COVID-19 test
NHS Test and Trace prevents further spread of coronavirus by:
- allowing people with coronavirus symptoms to get tested
- for those who test positive, tracing their recent close contacts so that they can also self-isolate
If you develop coronavirus symptoms, please book a test online nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119. You will be given the option to select a home testing kit, which will be posted to you, or a walk-through or drive-through appointment at a testing site. Your nearest options for accessing a test appointment will appear in a drop down box on the national portal, once you have entered your details.
Below are the addresses of testing sites in Camden and neighbouring boroughs.
Please do not turn up at one of the below sites unless you have an appointment because you will be turned away. If you are struggling to access a test, please keep trying and in the meantime, continue to self-isolate.
Drive-through testing centres across London:
• Lee Valley Athletics Park, London N9 0AR
• TFL Car Park, Edmund Halley Way, Greenwich Peninsula, London SE10 0PH
• World of Adventures, Chessington, Leatherhead Rd, Chessington KT9 2NE
• Heathrow Airport Car Park E2, Eastern Perimeter Rd, Hounslow TW6 2SQ
Mobile testing units: Please note that these are not permanent testing sites, and testing is only available at these sites on selected dates.
• Camden: 51 Greenwood Place, Kentish Town, NW5 1LB (access from Highgate Road)
• Barnet: Edgware Community Hospital, HA8 0AD
• Barnet: Barnet House, N20 0EJ
• Barnet: Brent Cross Shopping Centre, NW4 3FP
• Brent: Car Park Opposite Neasden Temple, Brentfield Road, London, NW10 8HE
• Hackney: Bentley Road Car Park, Dalston, N1 4BZ
• Hackney: Yesodey School, Ederton Road, N16 6UB
• Haringey: Alexandra Palace, Hornsey Gate, Alexandra Palace Way, N22 7AY
• Westminster: North Carriage Drive, Hyde Park, W2
If you’re struggling to access a test, please keep trying. Appointments and test kits should become available throughout the day.
You must get tested within the first five days of having symptoms, so if five days has passed and you still cannot get tested, you must isolate for the full 10 days as you may be infectious. Your household will need to isolate for 14 days too, which is the time it can take to develop symptoms.
Regardless of whether you can access a test, if you develop symptoms, it’s vital that you self-isolate because this will prevent you passing it on to others.
We know that self-isolating is hard for many people, but we want to reassure you that Camden is here to help. If you need support to self-isolate, please call us on 020 7974 4444 (option 9) or for more general information go to camden.gov.uk/coronavirus. We can offer a range of help including:
- accessing a device to support your child to keep up with their education
- help getting hold of essentials if you live alone.
Please only apply for a test if you have symptoms though. It takes time for coronavirus to reach levels that a test can detect. This is why you must wait until you have symptoms to get a test. Otherwise you might get a negative result even though you have caught coronavirus. It also makes it harder for other people with symptoms to get tests. We need to make sure testing is kept available for people who really need it.
Visit nhs.uk/coronavirus for advice on symptoms, testing and self-isolation. If you're worried about your health or coronavirus symptoms call NHS 111.