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New local COVID-19 testing site to open in Hampton

25 November 2021

A new COVID-19 PCR testing facility is to open in Hampton, based on the multi-use games area on Bramble Lane, adjacent to the White House Community Centre. 

As levels of COVID-19 remain high in the borough, we want to make it as easy as possible for local people to get tested. This new walk-through testing centre is due to open on 3 December.  

To access a test you MUST book an appointment (the planned date of site opening is 3 December, with appointments being made available after 3 December). Test appointments will be available to book for those with Coronavirus symptoms. These include a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a loss or change to sense of smell or taste.  In addition, PCR testing is also available for those who have tested positive via a lateral flow test, or have been asked to get a test, which could be by NHS Test and Trace if they’re a close contact of a positive case, by a clinician or their local authority, by a testing pilot or via their work. Instead of self-isolating, those who are fully vaccinated and under 18s identified as close contacts of positive COVID-19 cases are advised to get a free PCR test as soon as possible.

Tests can be booked on the new NHS Covid-19 app, online: nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.  

The new site is situated so it is easily accessible without a car. Those being tested will be required to follow public health measures, including social distancing, not travelling by taxi or public transport, practicing good personal hygiene and wearing a face covering throughout, including while travelling to and from the testing centre.

This new facility is in addition to the mobile testing unit regularly based at Old Deer Park in Richmond and the Teddington centre on Broom Road. 

Cllr Gareth Roberts, Leader of Richmond Council, said: 

“Levels of COVID-19 in Richmond upon Thames remain higher than the London average. As we move into the winter months, pressure is growing on the NHS. Therefore, it is vital we test people with symptoms to help stop the spread of the virus and protect our community. 

“Finding cases and asking these people to self-isolate is key to breaking the chains of transmission, so we can keep Richmond upon Thames safe.

“It remains vital that anyone with Covid-19 symptoms gets tested. By increasing the testing capacity within our borough through this new site, we want to make it easier for all residents who have symptoms to access a test quickly.” 

The new site will be open seven days a week, from 8am to 6pm. There will be security on site 24 hours a day. 

Those visiting the walk-through site for testing will be required to follow stringent public health measures, including social distancing, wearing face coverings, practising good personal hygiene and not travelling by taxi or public transport, including while travelling to and from the testing centre. Access to this site is ONLY for those arriving on foot or by bike. 

Anyone attending an appointment at the new walk-through site will be provided with guidance on getting to and from the test site safely when they book their test. 

Please note – there is NO access to the testing centre via the White House Community Centre. The testing centre entrance is via Bramble Lane only. The White House Community Centre remains open for community activities. Anyone displaying any symptoms of COVID-19 or has a positive lateral flow test is reminded not to enter the centre.  

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Up to: November 2021

Updated: 25 November 2021