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Lewisham CV-19 Testing - an Update
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14-09-2020 01:49 PM

An update on testing within the borough. It appeared on the Lewisham site last week, hence one of the dates has passed.

Testing in Lewisham

If you need a test in Lewisham, you can book an appointment to visit the drive-in or walk-in mobile testing unit or order a home testing kit.

Mobile testing unit

The mobile testing unit is available every three days at Lewisham Lorry Parks, Catford, London, SE6 2TX (adjacent to Laurence House) open at 10.00.

A mobile testing unit will be in Lewisham on the following dates:

    Friday 11 September
    Monday 14 September
    Thursday 17 September
    Sunday 20 September
    Wednesday 23 September

Local testing unit

From this week, walk through testing will be available at Vanguard car park in Deptford, offering appointments to people without cars who can safely travel on foot, without coming into contact with others.

It will be fully operational from Friday 11 September offering tests from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week.

When to ask for a test

If you have COVID-19 symptoms, you should book a test immediately.

You need to take the test in the first five days of having symptoms. On days 1 to 4, you can get tested at a test site or at home. On day 5, you will need to go to a test site as it will be too late to order a home test kit.

Hearing anecdotally that slots for tests may be being rationed once more and evidence may be asked for about whether "essential worker" status applies or if you have been referred for the test by, amongst others, an employer. What criteria or rational applies to a self-referral vs an employer-referral is unclear it seems.

Some local residents are being offered appointments on the south coast too.

It is NOT clear if rationing is happening because of the test slots being fully taken up or if the backlog of the tests being delayed at processing stage is causing a bottle-neck.

To book a test on line use this link:


Get help applying

If no tests are available online, do not call helplines to get a test. No extra tests are available through the helplines.

If you have other problems using the online service, call:

119 if you’re in England, Wales or Northern Ireland
0300 303 2713 if you’re in Scotland
Lines are open 7am to 11pm.

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18-09-2020 10:07 AM

Whenever I see this information about where you can get tested posted I just feel misled. The truth is that when you apply for a test you MAY be offered a test and you will have little choice over where you are offered it (the system decides). From applicants in this area I have seen Kensington, Esher, Catford, Greenwich.

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18-09-2020 10:07 AM

This post was last modified: 18-09-2020 10:08 AM by Beige.

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