Coronavirus test centres in Portsmouth: list of walk-through test centres - and who can get tested

Anyone with symptoms of coronavirus can now get tested

By Helen Johnson
Monday, 12th October 2020, 10:28 am

If you think you have symptoms of Covid-19 and want to find out where you can get tested in Portsmouth, here’s what you need to know.

Who can be tested?

Anyone in the UK with symptoms of coronavirus can get a test.

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The government has expanded its list of people who can get tested for coronavirus, which now includes all essential workers and anyone over 65 with symptoms (Photo: Shutterstock)

The NHS notes that you can get a free NHS test if:

you have any symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste) you're getting a test for someone you live with who has symptoms you live in England and have been told to get a test before you go into hospital, for example, for surgery your local council asks you to get a test you're taking part in a government pilot project

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When is testing most effective?

The NHS explains that if you have symptoms, get a test as soon as possible.

How do I arrange a test?

The NHS explains that, you can ask for a test:

for yourself, if you have coronavirus symptoms now (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste) for someone you live with, if they have coronavirus symptoms

For further information, visit the NHS website or

What does the test involve?

The NHS notes, “The test usually involves taking a swab of the inside of your nose and the back of your throat, using a long cotton bud.

You can do the swab yourself or someone can do it for you.”

Where are the testing centres in Portsmouth?

There is a walk-through site at the Eldon car park at the University of Portsmouth. This site is run by the Department of Health and Social Care. Portsmouth City Council, local NHS organisations and the University are not involved in the operation of the site. You can only visit the site if you’ve booked a test through the NHS website.

Havant MP Alan Mak said: "As the government builds up its testing capacity, I am delighted that Havant will be getting its own dedicated testing centre.

"Since the closure of the Tipner site in Portsmouth, I have been working with the government to ensure that there is additional local capacity.”

The regional testing site for the wider Hampshire and Isle of Wight area has now moved from its former location at Tipner car park in Portsmouth, to Southampton Airport instead.

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