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COVID-19: Concern in Wandsworth - Please get tested now.

2021 - April, Latest news

Due to new cases of the South African variant of COVID-19, everyone who lives and works in Wandsworth is being asked to take a COVID-19 PCR test.

Wandsworth Council is working with NHS Test and Trace to test everyone living and working in Wandsworth for Covid-19.

As part of Public Health England’s proactive sequencing work, PHE has found evidence that the South African variant of Covid-19 has been identified in Wandsworth. All viruses mutate over time and new variants emerge regularly.

Tracking and controlling variants is very important for ensuring the success of the vaccination programme. There is currently no evidence to suggest this variant is more serious than others, or that the regulated vaccine would not protect against it.

Every person living or working in this area over the age of 11 is strongly encouraged to take a COVID-19 test as soon as possible, even if they are not showing symptoms. You should also get tested even if you have had the vaccine.

How to get a test

You can collect tests for home use from:

  • Battersea Sports Centre from 7.30am to 4pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 2pm Saturday and Sunday
  • Wandsworth Town Hall (Room 75), Fountain Courtyard from 9am to 5pm daily
  • Lennox Estate, Roehampton, from 9am to 5pm daily


Completed tests should be returned to the same collection site.

You can also can order a home delivery of a PCR test as part of the variant of concern surge testing in the borough https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test

Completed test kits should be returned to community collection points - Battersea Sports Centre and Wandsworth Town Hall (Room 75) - so they can be processed as part of the surge testing operation.

Please do not return these test kits by post.

You can get tested at sites across Wandsworth including 23 pharmacies.


PCR testing is currently available at:

  • Mount Clare House, Minstead Gardens, Roehampton
  • Tooting Leisure Centre, Greaves Place, Tooting
  • Wandsworth Town Hall Car Park, Wandsworth High Street
  • Putney Leisure Centre, Dryburgh Road, Putney
  • Car Park rear of 67 Fernlea Road
  • Car Park rear of Martley House, Patmore Street

Tests at all these sites and the pharmacies are by appointment only.

For more information on opening hours, how these sites operate, which pharmacies are offering tests and to book an appointment visit:
www.wandsworth.gov.uk/surge-testing 

Please also check here for updates on testing and the latest information.


If you have symptoms

You can get tested at one of several symptomatic local test sites across Wandsworth. Again, you must book an appointment at
www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or call 119. 

You can book online on someone else’s behalf if they can’t do so themselves. People who are unable to book online, and don’t know someone who can book for them, can call 020 8871 6555 from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm for help. 

Anyone who tests positive must self-isolate immediately and pass on details of their contacts to NHS Test and Trace when contacted. Positive tests will then be examined in a laboratory to determine whether any of them are the variant first identified in South Africa. This will help gain a better understanding of how prevalent the variant is and whether community transmission is taking place.

The more cases of the variant we find, the better chance we have at suppressing it. Please help to keep your community safe by getting tested so we can find the variant and protect you and your loved ones.

You can find out more about the financial support which is on offer here.

Meanwhile, when leaving your home, please continue to follow the national guidance on current restrictions. The way to control this virus is the same, whatever the variant. It will not spread if we avoid close contact with others. Wash your hands, wear a mask, keep your distance from others, and reduce your social contacts.

Shannon Katiyo

Director of Public Health, Wandsworth Council 


For further information please visit their Covid-19 pages:

www.wandsworth.gov.uk/covid-19-information-and-advice

www.wandsworth.gov.uk/covid-19-vaccine


What other support is available?

For those who are struggling with finances as a result of COVID-19, you can apply for the Council’s discretionary support grants by visiting: www.wandsworth.gov.uk/discretionary-support-grants

If you test positive and have to self-isolate, visit www.wandsworth.gov.uk/isolation-payment

If you need urgent support please contact our Community Hub: Call 020 8871 6555, open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, or email [email protected]

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