- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
Getting tested for coronavirus (COVID-19)
There are 2 different coronavirus tests available in Sutton.
- Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests
- Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests
PCR tests detect the RNA (ribonucleic acid, the genetic material) of a virus. PCR tests are the most reliable COVID-19 tests. It takes some time to get the results because they are usually processed in a laboratory.
LFD tests detect proteins in the coronavirus and work in a similar way to a pregnancy test. They are simple and quick to use. LFD tests are not as accurate as PCR tests and are mainly used in people who do not have symptoms of COVID-19. Anyone who has a positive LFD test should have a PCR test to confirm the result within 48 hours.
Anyone with coronavirus symptoms can get a test (PCR test).
Sutton has 4 COVID-19 testing sites in addition to the existing mobile unit at Denmark Road, Carshalton.
The 5 test sites are located at:
- Denmark road, Carshalton
- Overton Park
- Sutton Civic Centre car park
- The Phoenix Centre car park
- David Weir Leisure Centre car park
For residents who are unable to access sites in these locations, booking a home test is still the advisable option, these can be booked in the same way as a regular test. If you are unable to get to a priority post box without using public transport or for any other reason then you can arrange a courier collection by calling 119.
For those who might require additional support or advice for individual requirements please call 119, who will be able to advise.
Get a free NHS test to check if you have coronavirus.
Coronavirus tests for people without symptoms (LFD tests)
You can get a test if you don’t have any Coronavirus symptoms by booking a rapid test at Hill House (Bishopsford Road, St.Helier).
The tests give a result within 30 minutes and are designed to identify people who are asymptomatic (not showing any symptoms), who might unknowingly be carrying and spreading coronavirus.
You can book an appointment here.
You should not book more than two tests a week.
It is important to note that if:
- as a result of the rapid test you test positive, you must self-isolate and arrange a second test by calling 119 or via nhs.uk/coronavirus. This test will confirm conclusively that you have the virus.
- this result is also confirmed as positive, you will then be asked to provide details of those you have been in close contact with.
If you test negative, you can continue as before by following all national and regional guidance.
The tests can only look for the virus at the time you have your test. It is therefore essential that even if you test negative, you continue to observe the national COVID-19 restrictions.
If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, stay at home and self-isolate immediately.
You must stay home while you are waiting for a home test kit, a test appointment or a test result.
You can leave your home in certain circumstances, but do not go to work, school, or public areas and do not use public transport or taxis.
If you receive a positive test result you and the rest of your household will need to self-isolate for 10 days.
You can return to your normal routine and stop self-isolating after 10 full days if your symptoms have gone, or if the only symptoms you have are a cough or anosmia, which can last for several weeks. If you still have a high temperature after 10 days or are otherwise unwell, stay at home and seek medical advice.
If you are isolating because of a positive test result but did not have any symptoms, and you develop COVID-19 symptoms within your isolation period, start a new 10 day isolation period by counting 10 full days from the day following your symptom onset.
You can stop isolating as long as:
- you are well
- no-one else in your household has symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19
- you have not been advised to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace
Read full guidance here